2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

The Development of the Bassoon as Evidenced in the Symphonies of Franz Joseph Haydn
Nicole A. Sonneveld
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

Originally created for use as a continuo instrument, the bassoon came into its own as an integral symphonic instrument during the Classical era. Throughout the 104 extant symphonies of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), the aforementioned development can be clearly realized. While not prodigious, the small solos & exposed passagework set the stage for the future orchestral implementation of the bassoon. The instrument makes many notable appearances in Haydn's works, however the four which best express this development are Symphony No. 1 (1759); Symphony No. 6 (Le Matin, 1761); Symphony No. 86 (1786); and Symphony No. 100 (Military, c. 1794). Through a brief analysis of these works this presentation will trace the evolution of the bassoon and its journey to becoming an indispensible part of the symphony orchestra.

Keywords: Franz Joseph Haydn, Music, Bassoon, Symphony Orchestra, Analysis

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 9-3
Location: OP 2117
Time: 8:45

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