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Beneath the Abstract Surface of Osborne’s Rhapsody for Solo Bassoon

For the first composition to analyze, I chose Willson Osborne’s Rhapsody, which is widely performed by bassoonists, but also clarinetists, since Osborne adapted it for the instrument.

Osborne himself commented about his piece, calling it “abstract music” stating that he used the “Oriental technique of variation, in which short song-like fragments are each in turn developed… to be rhapsodic and improvisational in character.” 

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