A Hymn of Beginnings – Bassoon and Piano
Looking for a sacred bassoon solo? Well, you’ve found it! Utilizing the melody from Morning Has Broken(the traditional Gaelic tune BUNESSAN) A Hymn of Beginnings presents a familiar yet fresh treatment of the tune achieved through subdued bi-tonal coloring, matching the major-key melody with a minor-key harmonization that moves by descending thirds. Still, it remains quite accessible to the casual listener with its familiar melody and obvious tonality. Set for intermediate to advanced solo bassoon and piano, it is suitable as a prelude, postlude, offertory, meditation, or other sacred function as well as being completely at home in a contest, recital, or concert program. Its association with new beginnings makes it particularly suited to Christmas, Easter, baptismal services, and weddings.
The tune BUNESSAN is a traditional Gaelic melody first printed in 1888 as the setting of Mary MacDonald’s carol Child in the Manger. The tune was named after Mary’s birthplace on the Isle of Mull off Scotland’s western coast. BUNESSAN is commonly associated with hymns celebrating new beginnings: the aforementioned Child in the Manger, then the 1931 creation-celebrating hymn Morning Has Broken, and the more recent but lesser-known 1982 hymn Baptized in Water. The title of this piece, A Hymn of Beginnings, recognizes that association.
Purchase includes stand alone bassoon part and piano accompaniment.
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