Sonorities of the Bassoon

October 6, 2015

Jazz Bassoon


Listening to Music (MUSI 112)

This lecture provides an introduction to basic classical music terminology, orchestral instruments, and acoustics. Professor Wright begins with a brief discussion of the distinctions between such broad terms as “song” and “piece,” briefly mentioning more specific terms for musical genres, such as “symphony” and “opera.” He then moves on to describe the differences between a “motive” and a “theme,” demonstrating the distinction between the two with the use of music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Following this, he calls upon three guest instrumentalists on French horn, bassoon, and viola to give a brief performance-introduction to each instrument. He concludes the session with a discussion of acoustics, focusing on the concept of partials, and then brings the lecture to a close with commentary on Richard Strauss’s tone-poem, Death and Transfiguration.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Distinguishing “Songs” from “Pieces”: Musical Lexicon
04:23 – Chapter 2. Genres, Motives, and Themes
16:51 – Chapter 3. Introduction to the French Horn and Partials
23:02 – Chapter 4. The Bassoon and the Viola
29:14 – Chapter 5. Mugorsky and the Basic Principles of Acoustics
40:30 – Chapter 6. Dissonance and Consonance in Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2008.

Orquestra Vicente Fittipaldi

Yo Yo Ma play J.S. Bach Cello Suite N° 6 Sarabande

The Masterclass Media Foundation


This video is part one on instruments of the the orchestra and covers the strings and brass of the orchestra. Part two covers woodwinds and percussion.



Pianist Magazine

From Pianist magazine, go to
Concert pianist and teacher Graham Fitch’s in-depth piano lesson on the Basics of Pedalling, focusing on the right (sustaining) pedal. Graham offers up some invaluable tips. This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 83.
The masterclass takes place on a Steinway Model D concert grand at Steinway Hall, London

Cantus 5


Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Boris Berezovsky, piano

Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov

Moscow, January 2015


Chris O’Hara

Bach/Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Performing Artist and Clinician Christopher J. O’Hara presents “Trumpet Tip,” a series of instructional videos for trumpet players and aspiring trumpeters. This session deal with instrument maintenance. How to clean and oil your instrument to keep it in working order. For more information about this series and Mr. O’Hara’s other programs, please visit:

Dolce Cantabile