The Bassoon Archives – A Review

The Bassoon Archives - Resource of 500+ PDFs for bassoonI don’t know what I’d do without this collection of PDF sheet music compiled by the Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles. Don’t let the clarinet part throw you off. This is a huge collection of bassoon music—650 works. Most of the music is in the public domain and is available elsewhere on the internet, but I think this collection is well worth the $14.95 price based on these criteria:

  • The collection includes works for bassoon solo, bassoon and piano, bassoon duet, bassoon duets with other instruments, double reed quartet, bassoon quartet, woodwind quartet, orchestra excerpts, full orchestra parts for select concertos, and more.
  • David Schorr—the arranger of most of the bassoon and piano pieces—has given his permission to record his arrangements and post them on YouTube. (Take that, ASCAP.)
  • The arranged works vary in difficulty. Some are very easy, which is great for beginning students.
  • You don’t have to scour the internet looking for PDFs!
  • It’s easy to transfer them to a digital reader (I use forScore on my iPad).

The collection comes in DVD format. The files are arranged by instrumentation. This wasn’t quite enough organization for me, so I further arranged everything by musical time period and whether or not it is an arrangement. With 650 works that project took a while, but it was a lot of fun to open up each file and see what it was. It was like opening presents on Christmas Day!

My students and I are busy recording many of the pieces from this collection. Get yourself a copy of this DVD and help us make recordings! Our recordings can be found on the Vandagriff Music YouTube page.

(I didn’t receive any compensation for the above review. I just really like this product!)

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