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Fagottini and tenoroons – small, forgotten giants

A research project 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

The two-year SNSF pilot project “Fagottini and tenoroons – small forgotten giants”, carried out by a team of researchers at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, FHNW (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland) is exploring organological and musicological aspects of smaller bassoons from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and covers a comprehensive scope of research. Evidence of their usage 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.

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“Fagottini and tenoroons: small, forgotten giants” in The Double Reed, vol. 42, no. 2

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FT 15 Grenser & Wiesner 6-key fagottino

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