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Scherzo humoristique, Op 12bis

1912; arranged in 1915 by the composer for four bassoons; after Op 12 No 9

The major news stories of 1912 were the First Balkan War and the sinking of RMS Titanic. New musical horizons were being explored—Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé received its first performance in Paris, and a new figure from Russia was emerging in the form of composer Serge Prokofiev. During the time when he was composing his first piano concerto, Prokofiev was also working (intermittently, it seems) on a set of Ten Pieces for piano, Op 12. The ninth of these received a somewhat bizarre transformation in 1915 when the composer arranged it for a quartet of bassoons, under the title Scherzo humoristique. The humour is dark, with some agile fingerwork low in the bassoon’s register, contrasted by some glorious harmonies in a gentler middle section.

from notes by Laurence Perkins © 2021


Voyage of a sea-god
Studio Master: CDA68371/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA68371/2 disc 1 track 2

Recording date
16 January 2020
Recording venue
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Voyage of a sea-god (CDA68371/2)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: July 2021
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