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Gabriel Fauré was an outstanding miniaturist – his ability to convey powerful musical ideas in a composition lasting sometimes only two or three minutes was one of the qualities that made him such a great composer of songs. Alongside these are a considerable number of chamber works, yet he wrote no music specifically for solo bassoon. Fauré composed this Pièce originally as a Vocalise-Étude pour voix élevée avec accompagnement de piano in E minor, which was first published in 1907. It has since been transcribed for numerous solo instruments, but the lyrical melody line in Pièce fits so perfectly into the bassoon’s expressive middle and tenor registers that it is hard to think of it as anything other than an original work.

from notes by Laurence Perkins © 2004

Recordings

The Playful Pachyderm
Studio Master: CDA67453Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67453 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-45306
Duration
3'28
Recording date
4 July 2003
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Will Brown & Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. The Playful Pachyderm (CDA67453)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 2004
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