|Title||Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto RV.502|
|Instrumentation||Bass Clarinet & Piano|
|Range||Extended-range instrument required.|
Concertos for various solo instruments are an important element of the prolific catalog of the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). This concerto, originally for bassoon and strings, is very effective in transcription for bass clarinet and piano. We have maintained the original key of B-flat major, placing the bass clarinetist in the comfortable C major. An extended-range instrument is required, but only for a few occasions within the work; with a few minor edits, the work could be performed with an instrument without a low-C extension.
Individual movements or the complete work would make an excellent choice for recital, contest, or audition for students of all ages. The work offers the bass clarinetist excellent challenges of building range, technique, and breath control, as well as an opportunity to perform the work of a master composer of the Baroque period. As was common for works of this period, the composer provided very little direction in terms of dynamics or articulation; we have maintained the composer's original markings, therefore leaving some decisions to the discretion of the performer.
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation!
Piano score: 16 pages, spiral bound
Part: 6 pages, staple bound