From solo etude to collaborative duo: Creating accompaniments to the 50 Concert Studies, Op. 26 for bassoon by Ludwig Milde
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This research project outlines the importance of teaching bassoon with the use of collaborative literature, featuring the Concert Studies, Op. 26 of Ludwig Milde. The work is broken into five parts. Part I provides an historical review of the life of Milde, his works for bassoon, and the impact these works have on present-day bassoonists. Part II details a precedent for expanding instrumental etudes into accompanied solos for bassoon and piano. Part III focuses on the evolution of bassoon duet literature and its role in the development of the student bassoonist. Part IV discusses the process for arranging Milde’s Concert Studies into accompanied etudes or bassoon duets. The compositional deconstruction of an unaccompanied etude is outlined, and the simplified chord structures that remain are expanded into a collaborative accompaniment. Part V provides an overview of potential compositional devices that may be employed in the creation of accompanied etudes. The appendices contain six of the author's fully-accompanied arrangements of the Milde Concert Studies, featuring one arrangement for bassoon with piano, and five duet arrangements for two bassoons. Also included is a compilation of various publications of the Milde Concert Studies and a compositional comparison of Milde’s Concert Study No. 34 and Polonaise for Bassoon and Piano.