Welcome back. This is the 5th blog about the IX Stages of Purification and it focuses on Stage V.
If you are in the mood for a good bassoon solo - this is the movement to enjoy! Stage V is 3:15 minutes in length. The bassoon solo is from about 1:20 to 2:10 in Stage V, and BRAVO goes to Ivan Calestani for this live, premiere performance. (scroll down) http://composerkjp.com/listen/ I told him to interpret it how ever he wished. I wrote it with his bassoon playing and personality specifically in mind. Stage V is about the first adapted human and it is represented by the bassoon. Of course, this person has to dance because humans are designed to dance and I dare say ENJOY life. Isn't life a dance? To the dance! Most of this movement is in 3/4.
The bassoon has the stage during it's solo, while the others rest. A 30+ minute work is demanding on instrumentalists and so I wanted to give the others an entertaining breather. I also wanted to cleanse the listening pallet with something refreshing and remarkable so I threw in a nice little bassoon solo. I love the bassoon and I've never met a bassoonist that I didn't like. It has an excellent effect on people who play and hear it. The bassoon has the perfect sound for this solo - down to earth, seriously playful, bold, real, and artistic. It feels to me encouraging.
While this dream I mentioned has undercurrents of historic grave concerns, the overall tone is one of great hope and promise. I believe that the bassoon conveys all of that. I feel that the bassoon can convey a human - that is undaunted and personable.
Stage V starts with an echo to the Stage I with it's flowing, descending arpeggios and echos Stage II with the repeated 8th notes running theme. It picks up and develops the dancing waltz motif introduced in Stage II.
Did I mention that so far in life, I am happiest composing for wind quintet? I love it so much. The harmonies can be so rich with 5 voices and counterpoint is fun. it's easy to bring out and tuck away different instruments in the quintet. I made it a point to let each instrumentalist come forward at some point in the entire piece more or less. Bassoon is a bit more. Especially in Stages V and IX.