for bassoon solo
This piece consists of 17 phrases with different amounts of notes, varying from one to 95. Every phrase has to be played with the length of one entire breath at different dynamic graduation. This should result in phrases of different lengths, densities and intensities. The rhythmical distribution of the notes within the phrase is variable and should reflect the technical demand of the played segment in a natural manner. For example, there should be given more time to difficult skips whereas simple groups of notes can be played with acceleration. I consider the ‘failure’ of the player in managing to play all phrases entirely with one breath, and therefore having to follow the rules as they are described, to be part of the basic idea of the piece.
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