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Great Performances - Contrabassoon Audition

Posted by Thomas J. West on April 12, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Contrabassoon, self painted by Mezzofortist

For any of us who have ever given an instrumental audition for a band or orchestra, or for those who have had to sit on an election committe or adjudicators panel and listen to performer after performer for hours, I give you a memorable contrabassoon orchestral audition. The clacking keys, the gasping for breath, and the gutteral vibrations of the big horn blend sublimely with some of your favorite orchestral excerpts, including "Also Sprach Zarathustra", the march from Beethoven 9, "Petrushka", Holst's "The Planets", some Ravel, and ending with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (during which I swear there is a snicker). I guarantee you've never heard those excerpts quite like this. I also love the auditioner's classic audition lines: "Can I have another go?" and "Should I call you?"

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