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Mozart Serenade in E-flat (K375)

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Home Forums Pedagogy Bassoon and Contra Bassoon Fingerings Mozart Serenade in E-flat (K375)

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    Nat
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    This octet has a few passages where the bassoons are noodling in the background – one of which is repeated G-Bb-Eb-Bb (slurred) around middle C. (Sixteenth notes, quarter = approximately 120) Any suggestions for making this go smoothly? With the standard fingerings it sounds hopelessly messy, at least in my hands. I have the extra Ab-Bb trill key if that helps (but not the articulated mechanism, which I suspect would be much more helpful).

    thanks,
    Nat

    #116492
    Matt Nickel
    Participant

    How do you play the top Eb? If you lift the first finger of your right hand when slurring up from the Bb, it should help with the smoothness of that slur. The Ab-Bb trill won’t really help you out much in this instance.

    #116493
    Christopher Weait
    Participant

    Practice the passage using x o x | o o o for the high e-flat. That fingering may not sound very good when you play it slowly, but will work fine as the tempo increases. Avoid tensing your fingers and hands as your play the passage.

    #116494
    William Safford
    Participant
    natechols wrote:
    I have the extra Ab-Bb trill key if that helps (but not the articulated mechanism, which I suspect would be much more helpful).

    The articulated Ab/Bb does make the passage much easier. I’m sorry, I do not know if your mechanism helps — my guess is not.

    #116495
    Christopher Weait
    Participant

    For the B-flat seven arpeggio (m. 173) allow your right wrist to move back and forth a little bit to help the fingers go between a-flat and b-flat. We should all know how much easier those passages were in Mozart’s day. He knew what he was doing and was not around long enough to adjust for the fancy keywork we now have.

    #116496
    Christopher Weait
    Participant

    P.S. the a-flat / b-flat trill key will be no help in these passages.

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