Tchaikovsky, Peter. Symphony No. 6, first movement, E2-first note. Cooper, L. Hugh. The Double Reed 2/3 (December 1979): 16. For pianissimo same as Cooper p. 18.
(Db) x x x | x x x F E Bb
Tchaikovsky, Peter. Symphony No. 6, first movement, m. 160. Ewell, Terry B. (20 August 1994). For the whole passage use a pianissimo/soft reed, engage the whisper key lock, and put a small handkerchief in the bell. For pianissimo B2 add L. H. thumb low B and Bb keys to Cooper p. 58. For pianissimo A2 use Cooper p. 46 without L. H. Db key. For F#2 use Cooper p. 27 but add the L. H. thumb low D and little finger Eb keys. For D2 finger normally (Cooper p. 9), the handkerchief mutes the sound.
B2: x x x | x o o wlock Bb B A2: x x x | x x o wlock F# F#2: Eb x x x | x x x F wlock D
Tchaikovsky, Peter. Symphony No. 6, first movement, mm. 151-153, pianissimo passage. Froese, Esther. The Double Reed 1/3 (December 1978): 31. For D3 similar to Cooper p. 80 except add R. H. F key and cover L. H. D hole with the third finger instead of the second finger. For slur to F#3 L. H.: whisper key; high eb key, cover D hole with third finger. R. H.: C# trill key optional, keep F key closed. For slur to F3 L. H.: whisper key. R. H.: thumb E key.
D3: x x o | o o o F w F#3: eb (c#) x x o | o o o F w F3: o o o | o o o w E
Tchaikovsky, Peter. Symphony No. 6, first movement, E2-first note. Pence, Homer. In Apfelstadt, Marc and Klimko, Ronald. Bassoon Performance Practice, Teaching Materials, Techniques and Methods. Idaho: University of Idaho, 1993, p. 77. Same as Cooper p. 16.
E2: Db x x x | x x x F (w) E
Suggested Heckel bassoon fingerings for musical passages