Two research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and hosted at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / Hochschule für Musik at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland / Musik Akademie Basel
October 2017–September 2019 / May 2020–April 2023
The two-year SNSF pilot project “Fagottini and tenoroons – small forgotten giants” was completed in 2019 and a follow-up three-year project “Out of the bass register” is being carried out by a team of researchers at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, FHNW (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland). The team is exploring the organological and musicological aspects of smaller bassoons from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and covers a comprehensive scope of research. Evidence of the usage of these instruments in orchestral, chamber music, opera and sacred settings, as well as a function in pedagogy, indicate that they formerly played multi-functional roles in musical and cultural life before virtually disappearing in the twentieth century. Imprecise terminology is widespread, leading to questions regarding choice of appropriate instrument size, as well as the necessity to re-evaluate bassoon repertoire. The instrument catalogues and suggested repertoire list published here are works-in-progress and are being continually updated; related articles and links are also included. Innovative 3-D printing technology will initially be used to create synthetic prototypes of several small-size bassoons, followed by conventionally-constructed models, enabling a thorough evaluation of organological and musical qualities of each size and type in performance and pedagogical trials.
G. Ph. Telemann’s “Abscheuliche Tiefe des großen Verderbens”, TWV 1:1 – a performance featuring fagottino (Zoë Matthews)