Bassoon Quintet – Personent Hodie
This is a new arrangement for Bassoon quintet of the unusual and dramatic carol Personent Hodie. In line with the words as translated by Jane M. Joseph, the opening descending scale on the lower parts should be bell like (as should the higher enties later) and there should be a sense of ‘stern joy’ in the the performance.
Verse 2 brings the tune in canon, with the Contra providing an ostinato accompaniment.
Verse 3 continues the Contra’s role providing a pedal to a vanilla setting of the music until the ‘bell’ peals in the final chorus.
Well worth the effort of learning, this will provide an unusual piece of Christmas music a well earned place in your concert programmes.
Because of the high range of the top bassoon I’ve put this in the advanced category.
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