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Bassoon 8 Bassoon

Bassoon Grade 8 exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and broken chords, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Bassoon Grade 8 (2018-2021)

Pieces

Three pieces: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C - 30 marks each

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 J. C. Bach Allegro
3rd movt from Concerto in B♭
(bassoon tacet in tuttis)
J. C. Bach: Concerto in B♭
Editio Musica Budapest (Z.8544)

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2 Dard Arietta And Allegro
3rd movt And 4th movt from Sonata in D minor, Op. 2 No. 5
(observing printed cadenza in Arietta)
Dard: Sonata in D minor, Op. 2 No. 5
European Music Archive (EMA128)

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3 Devienne Allegro con espressione
1st movt from Sonata in G minor, Op. 24 No. 5
Devienne: Sonata in G minor, Op. 24 No. 5
Musica Rara (MR 2049)

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4 J. F. Fasch Largo And Allegro
1st movt And 2nd movt from Sonata in C
J. F. Fasch: Sonata in C
Universal (UE18128)

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5 Mozart Allegro
1st movt from Concerto in B♭, K. 191
(bassoon tacet in tuttis)
Mozart: Concerto in B♭, K. 191
Bärenreiter (BA 4868-90)

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Mozart: Concerto in B♭, K. 191
Henle (HN 801)

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Mozart: Concerto in B♭, K. 191
Kevin Mayhew (3611691)

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6 Rosetti Rondo: Allegretto
3rd movt from Concerto in B♭ (Schwerin Concerto No. 4)
(bassoon tacet in tuttis)
Rosetti: Concerto in B♭ (Schwerin Concerto No. 4)
Simrock (EE 3270)

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7 Spohr Adagio in F
Op. 115
Spohr: Adagio in F, Op. 115
IMC (3144)

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8 Telemann
trans. Hara and Nagy
Lento And Allegro
from Sonata in D
Baroque Sonatas for Bassoon, Vol. 1, trans. Hara and Nagy
Editio Musica Budapest (Z.12196)

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9 Vivaldi Andante molto And Allegro
2nd movt And 3rd movt from Concerto in C, RV 472
Vivaldi: Concerto in C, RV 472
Schott (FAG 14)

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10 Weber Allegro ma non troppo
1st movt from Concerto in F, Op. 75
Weber: Concerto in F, Op. 75
Universal (UE18131)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Paul Carr Girl on a Beach under a Sunshade
(observing recitative)
Paul Carr: Girl on a Beach under a Sunshade
Comus Edition (006)

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2 Elgar Romance
Op. 62
Elgar: Romance, Op. 62
Novello (NOV120137R)

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The Chester Bassoon Anthology
Chester (CH86592)

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3 F. Godfrey Lucy Long
(complete; observing printed cadenzas)
Solo Album No. 1
Boosey & Hawkes

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4 Grovlez Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso
Grovlez: Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso
Leduc (AL 21163)

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5 B. Hummel Scherzo
Op. 13e
B. Hummel: Scherzo, Op. 13e
Schott (FAG 35)

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6 Milde Allegretto con energia–Vivo
3rd movt from Concerto No. 2
Milde: Concerto No. 2
Musica Rara (MR 1174)

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7 Pierné Solo de concert
Op. 35
Pierné: Solo de concert, Op. 35
Leduc (AL 20914)

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8 Saint-Saëns Molto adagio–Allegro moderato
3rd movt from Sonata in G, Op. 168
Saint-Saëns: Sonata in G, Op. 168
Henle (HN 966)

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Saint-Saëns: Sonata in G, Op. 168
Peters (EP 9195)

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9 Tcherepnin Lutte
1st movt from Sonatine sportive, Op. 63
Tcherepnin: Sonatine sportive, Op. 63 for Bassoon
Leduc (AL 25275)

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10 Vinter The Playful Pachyderm
(observing printed cadenza)
Vinter: The Playful Pachyderm
Boosey & Hawkes

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 C. P. E. Bach
trans. Rechtman
Allegro
2nd movt from Sonata in D minor for Bassoon Solo
C. P. E. Bach: Sonata in D minor for Bassoon Solo, trans. Rechtman
Emerson (E258)

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2 J. S. Bach
trans. Waterhouse
Corrente
2nd movt from Partita, BWV 1013
J. S. Bach: Partita, BWV 1013 for Bassoon Solo, trans. Waterhouse
Universal (UE18135)

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3 Derek Bourgeois Allegro moderato
No. 5 from Fantasy Pieces for Bassoon
Derek Bourgeois: Fantasy Pieces for Bassoon
Brass Wind (3304)

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4 Jancourt Allegro moderato Or Andante
No. 8 Or No. 10 from 26 Melodic Studies, Op. 15
Jancourt: 26 Melodic Studies, Op. 15
IMC (1898)

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Jancourt: 26 Melodic Studies, Op. 15
Universal (UE18126)

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5 Kopprasch
trans. Kovar
Allegro vivace
No. 51 from 60 Studies, Op. 6
Kopprasch: 60 Studies for Bassoon, Vol. 2, trans. Kovar
IMC (2139)

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6 Milde Allegretto Or Presto
No. 6 Or No. 7 from 50 Concert Studies, Op. 26
Milde: 50 Concert Studies, Op. 26
Alfred (K02132)

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Milde: Concert Studies, Op. 26, Vol. 1
IMC (467)

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7 Ottó Oromszegi Bitterness And Policeman Dance
No. 9 And No. 11 from 15 Characteristic Pieces in Hungarian Style
Ottó Oromszegi: 15 Characteristic Pieces in Hungarian Style
Emerson (E159)

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8 Pivoňka Pastorale And Allegro
No. 16 And No. 15 from Rhythmical Etudes
Pivoňka: Rhythmical Etudes
Bärenreiter (H3291)

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9 Graham Sheen Zambra
No. 5 from Five Bagatelles
Graham Sheen: Five Bagatelles
Emerson (E708)

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10 Weissenborn Study No. 29 Or Study No. 35
from Bassoon Studies, Op. 8, Vol. 2
Weissenborn: Bassoon Studies, Op. 8, Vol. 2
Peters (EP 2277b)

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Additional information

Candidates for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz subject; for full details, including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.

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