Music by
DANIEL DORFF

BASSOON (and Contrabassoon)

Cape May Breezes for Wind Quintet

Duration: c. 18'

1. Breezing Into Town (Exit 0)
2. Autumn Monarch Migration
3. Victorian Garden Party
4. Dusk at Sunset Beach
5. Night Breezes on the Boardwalk

COMMISSIONED by The Monmouth Winds.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.

PROGRAM NOTES
ERRATUM: Mvt. 1, bar 37, the Oboe's last note should be G-natural.

WINNER, 2016 Newly Published Music award, National Flute Association.

Concerto for Contrabassoon  
Duration: c. 13'

1) SOLO CONTRABASSOON WITH CLARINET, HORN, AND STRING ORCHESTRA
COMMISSIONED by the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for contrabassoonist Norman Spielberg.
PREMIERED November 3, 1991 by Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Norman Spielberg contrabassoon; James Freeman guest conductor.
PERFORMANCES include the 2010 IDRS Convention orchestra gala; Colorado Symphony; Louisville Orchestra, and many others.
Orchestral parts are available on rental from Presser.

AUDIO EXCERPTS: Roger Soren's performance with the Haddonfield Symphony, conducted by Daniel Hege:
            from Mvt. 1
            from Mvt. 2
            from Mvt. 3
PROGRAM NOTES
View the complete orchestra score

"Repertory for the contrabassoon has been significantly enhanced of late by the addition of concertos by Daniel Dorff..."
            –MLA Notes (Christopher Weait), December 1993.
"An excellent new concerto... in a very listenable and audience-appealing style. Dorff has written a number of fine compositions and has crafted here an excellent new work for the contrabassoonist."
            –The Double Reed (Ron Klimko), Spring 1993.
"(The concert) was jammed with people who were obviously pleased they were there. A local composer with a growing international reputation presented a world premiere that deserved the response the audience gave it.
            – Philadelphia Welcomat (Purdom), November 13, 1991.
"This is a work that could effectively introduce the rarely heard solo contrabassoon to audiences of any age or experience. It has the happy characteristic of being easily understood. Performers will appreciate its professionally clear notation and effective orchestration."
            –MLA Notes (Christopher Weait), March 1995.
"I'm sure all contrabassoon players will treasure this addition to their ... repertoire."
            –Sol Schoenbach, former principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra


2) QUARTET VERSION: CONTRABASSOON, CLARINET, HORN, AND PIANO
Contrabassoon, Clarinet, Horn parts identical to orchestra version, piano plays the string parts.
PREMIERE of Quartet Version: Lori Tiberio (cbn.) and UNC-Charlotte faculty, April 1996.
PERFORMANCES include 1996 IDRS annual convention (Susan Nigro, cbn.)
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.

3) CONTRABASSOON AND PIANO
PREMIERE of piano version September 28, 1993 at St. Xavier University, Chicago; Susan Nigro, contrabassoon, Mark Lindeblad, piano.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.


 

 

 

 

 

   Daniel Hege, Daniel Dorff, Roger Soren
   following their Haddonfield Symphony performance.

Fast Walk for 3 Bassoons & Contrabassoon (Quartet or Ensemble)

Duration: c. 2½

PREMIERED by the Ohio State University Bassoon Ensemble, Christopher Weait director, at IDRS 1997.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
ALSO AVAILABLE for Clarinet Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, and Orchestra.

AUDIO EXCERPT: Harmo Saxophone Quartet playing the sax version 
PROGRAM NOTES

"This short, upbeat piece makes a terrific opener for a concert, or as the first piece after intermission."
            –Saxophone Journal (Susan Fancher), September/October 2007

In A Deep Funk: Dance Set for Unaccompanied Contrabassoon
Duration: c. 14'

1. Hustle Misterioso
2. Twist Variations
3. Bear Hug
4. Funk Scherzo


COMMISSIONED for the 1997 International Contrabassoon Festival, Las Vegas, as the required contest piece.
PREMIERED by Roger Soren at 1997 IDRS Convention.
PERFORMANCES include Juan de Gomar at 2008 IDRS Convention.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.

YOUTUBE of premiere by Roger Soren.
PROGRAM NOTES

(REVIEW of Movement 2): "Based on the popular dance from the 1960s, this is a fun piece for the audience as well as the accomplished contra player. A standard rock and roll chord progression is treated in a variety of ways melodically and rhythmically, with a few nods in the direction of Dave Brubeck and other jazz musicians as well. Although its duration is less than six minutes, the piece is quite grueling. The entire four-movement set is quite a blow at around twelve minutes! ... the piece really is a hoot for both the player up to the challenge, and for the audience."
            –Jon Beebe, The Double Reed, Vol. 26, No. 4 (2003)

It Takes Four to Tango for 3 Bassoons & Contrabassoon (Quartet or Ensemble)

Duration: c. 2½'

PREMIERED by the Ohio State University Bassoon Ensemble, Christopher Weait director.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.

YOUTUBE of a live performance by the New Jersey Bassoon Ensemble.
PROGRAM NOTES

 

Sonatina d'Amore for 2 Contrabassoons

Duration: c. 8'

COMMISSIONED by Susan Nigro for "The Two Contras" - Susan Nigro and Burl Lane (of the Chicago Symphony).
PREMIERED on the Chicago Symphony WFMT-FM Radiothon by The Two Contras, June 1998.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
RECORDED on Crystal Records by The Two Contras.

AUDIO EXCERPTS from the Crystal CD:
            
from Mvt. 1
            from Mvt. 2
            from Mvt. 3

PROGRAM NOTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Kris King and Marko Bajzer at SF Conservatory

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