Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Leo J. Dvorak


The purpose of this paper is to present an analysis of bassoon literature. Special emphasis is given to the use of the bassoon in orchestral literature, from the seventeenth century when the bassoon merely doubled the bass part to its increased importance in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, when the bassoon was used as added color in the woodwind choir and orchestra and as a solo instrument. Before beginning the analysis of the bassoon part within orchestral literature, a brief historical account of the development of the bassoon is presented. The invention and improvements of the bassoon have a direct bearing on the bassoon's playing potentials, and, thus, a composer's limitation when scoring for it.

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