Meyrick Alexander, Bassoon


Amplification:
Accents:
Balance:
Composers:
Dynamics:
Extremely quiet writing:
Good writing:
Instructions:
Mutes:
Versatility:

Nicholas Reader, Contrabassoon


Agilitiy of the contra:
Appearance of a contra in Bach's 'St John Passion':
Brahms and the contrabassoon:
Doubling issues:
Downward slurs:
Duff notes on the contra:
Good writing:
High, fast material:
High register:
Ligeti and the contra:
Low fast material:
Mahler's contra writing:
'Razzing' on the contra:
Reeds:
Tonguing:


The Orchestra: A User's Manual is a free resource and will remain so. It still receives between 8,000 and 16,000 unique visits per month from all over the world. See the testimonials. Thanks to all the donations, I have been able to create this responsive re-design. But the movies and sound clips recorded in 2004 do show their age. I would really like to re-record everything and add many more techniques, especially for solo and ensemble writing. I estimate this will cost around £30,000. If you know a source of such funds, please contact me: a.hugill [at] bathspa.ac.uk