Intermediate Level Orchestral Excerpts

This list comes from Ann Pesavento’s dissertation: Orchestral excerpts as developmental studies for the intermediate bassoonist : a collection of selected passages. Links to each excerpt will be added as they are available. Linked pages include historical & performance notes as well as the printed excerpts.

(If you don’t find what you are looking for on this page, you may need a list of advanced level orchestral excerpts. For this I recommend: www.orchestralbassoon.com)

Baroque

Classical

  • Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, at Meno allegro
  • Beethoven: Choral Fantasy: at Marcia
  • Beethoven: Concerto in D Major, Larghetto (mvt. 2)
  • Beethoven: Concerto in D Major, Rondo
  • Beethoven: Consecration of the House, at Maestoso
  • Beethoven: Consecration of the House, at Allegro
  • Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, at Allegro
  • Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, at Allegro
  • Beethoven: Egmont Overture, at Allegro
  • Beethoven: Leonore Overture, at Allegro
  • Beethoven: Namensfeier Overture, at Allegro
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Larghetto (mvt. 2)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Molto allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Minor, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Allegretto (mvt. 2)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Minuet & Trio
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Adagio (mvt. 1)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Mozart: Magic Flute Overture
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C Major, Allegro (mvt. 3)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, Menuett & Trio

Romantic

  • Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust, March
  • Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust, March
  • Bizet: Carmen, Entr’acte II
  • Bizet: Carmen, Entr’acte II
  • Bizet: Carmen, March: Act IV
  • Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite I: Prelude
  • Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite I: Prelude
  • Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite II: Intermezzo
  • Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite I: Farandole
  • Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, mvt. 2
  • Borodin: On the Steppes of Central Asia
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, at Allegro
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, at Animato (1)
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, at Animato (2)
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, at Maestoso
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Un poco (mvt. 3)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Theme
  • Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Var. VI, Vivace
  • Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
  • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite I, In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Vivace (mvt. 2)
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, in A Major, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Allegro (mvt. 2)
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Menuett & Trio
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, Minuet & Trio
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3in Eb Major, Scherzo (mvt. 2)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Lebhaft (mvt. 1)
  • Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, at Andante
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, at Allegro
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Andantino (mvt. 2)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Valse (mvt. 3)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b Minor, Allegro (mvt. 1)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Allegro (mvt. 2)
  • Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  • Weber: Euryanthe Overture

20th Century

  • Bernstein: Overture to Candide
  • Chabrier: Espana
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Gould: American Salute
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Largo (mvt. 3)
  • Prokofiev: Lt. Kife Suite, The Birth of Kije/Romance
  • Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite, Troika
  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
  • Sibelius: Finlandia
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Allegretto (mvt. 1)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Andante (mvt. 2)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Allegro (mvt. 4)
  • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, Berceuse