“Rondo: Tempo di Menuetto, Movement 3 of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto”
I’m currently working on this piece with my bass clarinet student. The third movement is probably my favorite of the work because it portrays the comicalness of the bassoon (and the concept of a concerto written for solo bassoon). As I’ve written about before, I try to teach my students to get into the character and story of the piece we’re studying. In our lesson we talked about how 1:41 in this movement sounds like an evil, mustache-twirling, villain. The downward line a few seconds later sounds like a woman tied to the train tracks, crying. And the upward line following that like the train approaching. I asked her who the hero of the story was, and she said, “Me, obviously”. And then she decided that I was the woman on the train tracks.