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 Funny bassoon riffs
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2006-12-21 04:41

Occasionally when our community band plays for school children, our conductor has me show my instrument (this is what a bassoon looks like, kids) and asks me to play a few notes so they can hear what it sounds like. I usually play the first couple of phrases of the Teddy Bear's Picnic, which kids love, but the rest of the band is getting sick of hearing that one. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: random_noise 
Date:   2006-12-23 18:43

Doesn't this answer kind of depend on the age of the kids your talking about? Should be around elementry or lower right (I just realized that that's kind of a broad age range)?

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: DressedToKill 
Date:   2006-12-29 01:37

I think the most obvious answer would be Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Fantasia. I don't know a child alive who doesn't know that melody!

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2007-01-01 02:27

Yes, I have the music for that one and have thought it might work. I could do the first phrase. It would be great to have a few so that the rest of the band wouldn't be rolling their eyes and saying (hopefully to themselves) "Not that again!"

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: Dave Metzger 
Date:   2007-01-03 23:25

I have found that they enjoy whatever you play, as long as you don't go on and on. I have played short themes from Sorcerer's Apprentice, Munster's TV show, Baby Elephant Walk, Mozart Concerto, movement 1 of The Lord Of The Rings by De Meij (concert band), Andante and Hungarian Rondo, second movement of Jacob concerto, etc. If I'm the one giving the demonstration I will play one part for low or melodic and a second part for fast or high.

Dave

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2007-01-03 23:48

Those suggestions sound great, Dave. What are the two you mentioned after Sorcerer's Apprentice - Munster's TV show and Baby Elephant Walk? They sound like just the thing. Are those the proper names (I remember the TV show but don't remember the theme)?

Thanks so much.

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: Dave Metzger 
Date:   2007-01-04 01:41

The Munsters was a TV show from the 1960s.
http://www.barbneal.com/wav/tvthemes/munsters.wav
The Baby Elephant Walk was written by Henry Mancini for the movie Hatari and features the clarinet playing the melody but bassoon makes sense.
Depending on the ages of the audiences I like to use TV or movie themes they might recognize. There are hundreds of websites with themes in MIDI format.

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2007-01-04 23:32

Dave, those are perfect. I especially like the Baby Elephant Walk and so am going to try to get that one for now.

Thanks loads.

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2007-01-05 19:19

cairngorm,

drop me an e-mail and I can send you a transcript of the Baby Elephant Walk in .pdf and/or Lilypond. (It's just a solo excerpt)

--
Ben

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: Jaysne 
Date:   2007-01-07 02:59

Even though I grew up in the 60s, I became a fan of the Munsters only after I became an adult. I've noticed that the bassoon has a lot of solo work in the background music during the show.

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: FrankM 
Date:   2007-01-25 17:37

How about Funeral March for a Marionette? ( Gonoud?) AKA
for you old timers, the Alfred Hitchcock TV show theme. I doubt kids today are familiar with the tune, but it certainly works on bassoon.

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: marcia 
Date:   2007-02-04 05:17

Grandfather, from Peter and the Wolf.

Marcia (having a peek from the Clarinet board)

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 Re: Funny bassoon riffs
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2007-02-04 19:30

Thanks, FrankM and Marcia. I don't have either of those but should try to get them. Last week when I got my new bassoon (hooray!) the band director mentioned it in band and said, "How about playing a little something so we can hear it?" and I went completely blank.

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