The English poet, John Keats, used to entertain his friends at parties with his imitation of the bassoon. Jeremy Thurlow’s Blithe Wine takes this association further, painting various aspects of Keats’ character – ebullience, melancholy, romance, drunken fun – in six movements for bassoon quintet. Keats’ favourite instrument is further explored in three solo etudes, as well as in a recently-composed duo for bassoon and viola by the Scottish composer, Edward McGuire. Toru Takemitsu’s Autumn from his work for violin duo, Rocking Mirror Daybreak pursues a theme which corresponds to one of Keats’ most famous odes, while Errollyn Wallen’s Intense, from her work for violin and viola, Five Postcards, reflects, once more, Keats’ ebullience and vivacity.
Edward McGuire ‐ ‘Toccata’ (for bassoon and viola)
VENUE: The Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA