Category Archives: Music / Bassoon

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New Instrument in my Collection: a 110 year old Mandolin Zither

I have just finished restoring a “Mandolin Zither”! It dates from 1900 but despite its age and the interesting history behind the instrument, its not worth very much. Even so, the curious reader or woodworker might enjoy the story below: This type of instrument was actually invented by Friederich Menzenhauer a German who patented it […]

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Letter from Heckel – 1994

I recently discovered a letter I received from Heckel about a contrabassoon I was playing at the time. I was impressed at the time that they took the time to write me back since this was well pre-email. I remember the instrument to be pretty basic and a bit clunky with the huge metal bell. […]

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Announcing a New Fox Contrabassoon Model: 920!

News flash: You heard it here first – Fox is coming out with a new contrabassoon model and Chip Owen, the head of contras at their South Whitley, Indiana headquarters has said its OK for me to share it with you! The reason I’m the one to do it, is that I have just received […]

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Introducing the Google Bassoon Quartet!

One of the neat things about working in a big company is the varied interests you’ll find amongst the people who work there. But where else but at Google could I find not one, but THREE¬† excellent bassoon players? After discovering eachother, we’ve been practicing together and working up a repertoire. Just as Summer was […]

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Did famous conductor Fritz Reiner really fire a musician for using binoculars in rehearsal?

Its well documented that Fritz Reiner, one of the most well known conductors of American classical music led ensembles with a baton that barely moved. In Conservatory, many of us shared an apocryphal story about how he once fired a musician for bringing binoculars in a rehearsal when to help “find” the beat. One afternoon, […]

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Music: Homage to Donald Erb

For my junior recital I commissioned a new piece. The piece was written by composer Geoffrey Petersen for solo bassoon. I performed the premier in the spring of 1997. I was honored to have Mr. Erb present for the performance. It touched me very much that he stayed for the entire concert.  

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Contrabassoon Solo

This is my performance of “The Elephant” from the Carnival of the Animals played on Contrabassoon. The accompanist is Margo Schwartz. Performed in the Severance Recital Hall in Cleveland in 1996. Listen:

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Apple Hill Music Festival

In the summers of 1995 and 2000, I performed as a member of the Apple Hill Summer Festival. Fun times and fond memories of Dobbs, Eric, Cathy et al.

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