Welcome come The Orchestral Bassoon, a digital source that concentrates on the history, performance, and also pedagogy of the bassoon"s most influential orchestral excerpts. This site was originally completed in 2012 as the last research task for my doctor of Music level at Indiana University"s Jacobs school of Music. The considerable scope the this website includes:

Over 450 unique pages that content

Parts and also scores because that excerpts indigenous 60 pieces

Audio samples from much more than 300 commercial recordings

Over 60,000 native of composed material, including in-depth discussions of the historical context and performance obstacles of the bassoon"s 25 most important orchestral excerpts

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Dr. Brett van Gansbeke is a freelance bassoonist and also private class instructor in the higher Houston area and Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon in ~ the college of St. Thomas in downtown Houston. Students in Dr. Van Gansbeke"s exclusive bassoon studio have been selected for Texas All-State Band and also All-State Orchestra, and have also won height spots in ~ All-Region Band, All-Region Orchestra, 5A Area, and also 6A Area auditions.

Dr. Van Gansbeke holds a physician of Music level from Indiana University’s Jacobs school of Music with minors in Music Theory and Early Music, and during his time at IU studied contemporary bassoon v William Ludwig and Arthur Weisberg, baroque bassoon through Michael McCraw, and also chamber music coaching through James Campbell. He likewise holds a grasp of Music degree from Florida State University, where he was a teaching assistant for the bassoon studio, and also a Bachelor of Music degree from the university of Kentucky. His other primary bassoon teachers incorporate Jeff Keesecker, Peter Simpson, and Roger Soren.

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As an orchestral musician, Dr. Van Gansbeke formerly served as contrabassoonist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and also has additionally performed v the Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, fort Wayne Philharmonic, Symphony of south-east Texas, Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and Lexington Philharmonic.


Concerto in B-flat major for Bassoon K. 191 -II. Andante ma Adagioby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (cadenza through Peter Simpson)


Concerto in B-flat significant for Bassoon K. 191 -I. Allegroby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (cadenza by Peter Simpson)