Topic: Gordon Jacob - Partita for Bassoon

Hi

I'm working on the Partita, and in the 3rd movement (Presto), at the very end there is a very tricky part that I hope that I can get some alternate fingerings for.

The passage goes A4-E#4-F#4-A4-E#4-F#4-E#4-Ab4. (i.e. the starting note is the A above the staff in tenor clef, and then dropping down to the top line tenor clef E#)

Here's what i use for each note:

A4:
xxx|oox
c#/a

E#4:
xox|xxo

F#4:
1/2xx|xxo F

The major problem for me is the F# to the A, but suggestions overall would be appreciated.

Thanks

Last edited by nickmatt (2009-01-21 21:14:55)

Matt Nickel
Bassoon and Contrabasoon, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra
MM, University of Michigan

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Re: Gordon Jacob - Partita for Bassoon

Try not using the third finger RH on A.  This way you finger A with left hand only and avoid any type of cross fingering.

Dale Clark

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Re: Gordon Jacob - Partita for Bassoon

Hi

you could also try using a short F# fingering (which is my normal F# fingering, but I guess it doesn't work well on all instruments)
F#4:
1/2xx|xoo

Chris

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Re: Gordon Jacob - Partita for Bassoon

Dale - thanks, I was also suggested that alternate fingering for one of the Milde Scale Studies (the very first one, in C major I think) and it works really nice on my instrument

Chris - thanks to you as well, your suggestion does work on my Fox, and also works well in conjunction with Dale's.

Matt Nickel
Bassoon and Contrabasoon, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra
MM, University of Michigan

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