bassoONLY: Unaccompanied Bassoon Music Resource Collection


bassoONLY is a database devoted to music for unaccompanied bassoon.

To use this resource:

1. Use the link to “View the items in bassoONLY…” at the right of this page.      ---------->

2. Select “Search Items.”

3. Selecting “Search for Keywords” will allow you to locate compositions according to the keyword selected (e.g. Telemann, Suite, Female, Discography, Austria, Jazz, 2004, C#5, multiphonics, contra, etc.).

4. Select “Search by Collection” and select “bassoONLY.”

5. Select “Search for Items” at the bottom of the page to see your search results.

Your browser's "Back" arrow shoulsd return to "Search Items" for your next search. 

Keywords may be used to locate works using a wide variety of parameters, such as a particular composer or title, instrumentation (e.g. contrabassoon), gender, a country or nationality, a duration, a compositional style (e.g. avant-garde or  jazz), range limit (e.g. C#5), difficulty level (e.g. easy), extended techniques or one in particular (e.g. harmonics), or a year of composition.

The resource is incomplete, and additions and corrections are welcomed. Please contact Jon Beebe at if you are able to offer assistance.

The repertoire for unaccompanied bassoon is valuable for a number of reasons. Whether music is chosen for study or performance, the technical challenges are often formidable, bringing into play parameters such as texture and color that might be less salient in accompanied music. Just as an extended monologue is a supreme test for an actor, so too is the unaccompanied solo, of which a performer must have an intimate knowledge that transcends the superficial aspects in order to present a truly engaging performance. This can be especially challenging, given the diversity and complexity of modern musical techniques, languages, and styles. And finally, the better pieces seem to embody the intrinsic personae of one of the most idiosyncratic, challenging, and unique musical instruments.

How the Difficulty Levels Are Applied to the Music

The compositions on this site have been divided into five difficulty levels: Easy, Moderately Easy, Moderately Challenging, Challenging, and Very Challenging. While there is no absolute formula, six factors have been considered in determining an appropriate level for each piece:

1. top-most pitch and extent of high register usage
2. key signatures/changes or accidentals
3. clef
4. rhythmic/metric complexity
5. amount of conjunct vs. disjunct motion
6. the use of extended techniques.