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A published work for bassoon with piano

February 2014

In Maurice Journeau's compositional work various instrumental periods may be found. For instance, he was interested in writing for wind instruments from 1949 to 1955.

The Caprice pour Basson et Piano op.38 was composed in the year 1955. In one of the manuscripts the author makes the title even more accurate, adding the following explanation: "in two parts without pause". Just as in many works by this independent composer, it is a relatively free form in which he has no other guide than his mere inspiration, enabling the bassoonist to display his virtuositic qualities, accompanied by the piano. The first performance of the "Caprice" and of the Dialogues pour flûte et basson (also composed in 1955) took place in Salle Cortot in Paris with the bassoonist Armand Brunschwig. Ch.Virlet-Journeau