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Bassoon 1 Bassoon

Bassoon Grade 1 exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and broken chords, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Bassoon Grade 1 (2018-2021)

Pieces

Three pieces: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C - 30 marks each

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Aubert
arr. Hilling and Bergmann
download Gavotte
No. 7 from First Book of Bassoon Solos, arr. Hilling and Bergmann
Faber

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2 Jacques Hotteterre
arr. Hilling and Bergmann
Menuet du Tambourin
No. 9 from First Book of Bassoon Solos, arr. Hilling and Bergmann
Faber

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3 Diabelli
arr. Wastall
Serenade
from Op. 125
P. 22 from Learn as You Play Bassoon, arr. Wastall
Boosey & Hawkes

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Piano accomp. published separately as Learn as You Play Bassoon, Piano accompaniment, arr. Wastall
Boosey & Hawkes
4 Diabelli
arr. Denwood
The Carousel
No. 3 from 16 Progressive Pieces for Bassoon, arr. Denwood
Emerson (E683)

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5 Gurlitt
arr. Denwood
download See-Saw
No. 1 from 16 Progressive Pieces for Bassoon, arr. Denwood
Emerson (E683)

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6 Pepusch
arr. Sparke
download Youth's the Season Made for Joys
Sounds Classical for Bassoon, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 362-400)

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7 Vogel
arr. Sparke
Waltz
Sounds Classical for Bassoon, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 362-400)

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8 Trad.
arr. Lawrance
The Mallow Fling
Easy Winners for Bassoon, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Easy Winners for Bassoon, Piano accompaniment (standard/mini-bassoon/tenoroon), arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332PA)
9 Trad. German
arr. Lawrance
Wooden Heart
Easy Winners for Bassoon, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Easy Winners for Bassoon, Piano accompaniment (standard/mini-bassoon/tenoroon), arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332PA)
10 Trad. Czech
arr. Denley
download The Little Drummer Boy
Time Pieces for Bassoon, Vol. 1, arr. Denley (standard/mini-bassoon)
ABRSM

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Bruns and Atencio
arr. Lawrance
A Pirate's Life for Me
Winner Scores All for Bassoon, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0326)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Bassoon, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0326PA)
2 John Burness download Slow Waltz Or Allegro
No. 1 Or No. 2 from Four Easy Pieces
John Burness: Four Easy Pieces
Paterson's (PAT60019)

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3 Roma Cafolla Hush-a-bye Or Musical Box
from Playaround for Bassoon
Roma Cafolla: Playaround for Bassoon, Book 2: Revised Edition 2017
Forton Music (FM372)

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4 Colin Cowles download Catchy Toon Or Croonin' 'oon
No. 3 Or No. 6 from 25 Fun Moments for Bassoon
Colin Cowles: 25 Fun Moments for Bassoon
Studio Music

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5 Chris Hazell West Point
(upper note in bb. 6, 10 & 36)
Up Front for Bassoon
Brass Wind (0308)

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6 Maxwell Davies
arr. Denley
download When I got out of bed
from Kirkwall Shopping Songs
Time Pieces for Bassoon, Vol. 1, arr. Denley (standard/mini-bassoon)
ABRSM

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7 Tom Paxton
arr. Lawrance
The Marvelous Toy
(bottom Ds may be played 8va)
Easy Winners for Bassoon, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Easy Winners for Bassoon, Piano accompaniment (standard/mini-bassoon/tenoroon), arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332PA)
8 Alan Silvestri
arr. Lawrance
Feather Theme
from Forrest Gump
Easy Winners for Bassoon, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Easy Winners for Bassoon, Piano accompaniment (standard/mini-bassoon/tenoroon), arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0332PA)
9 Graham Sheen download Rondo
No. 3 from The Really Easy Bassoon Book, arr. Sheen
Faber

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10 Sarah Watts Boom, Boom, Ching!
from Fresh Air for Bassoon
Sarah Watts: Fresh Air for Bassoon
Kevin Mayhew (3611886)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Anon. Folk Tune Or Czech Folk Tune
No. 9 Or No. 12 from 90 Easy Bassoon Studies
Emerson (E393)

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2 Beethoven
arr. Wastall
German Dance: Moderato
P. 21 from Learn as You Play Bassoon, arr. Wastall
Boosey & Hawkes

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3 Colin Cowles download Mind the Gap
from Out of Character
Colin Cowles: Out of Character
Fentone (COOL 14-401)

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4 James Rae Power House Or Blue Bop
No. 2 Or No. 4 from 16 Characteristic Studies for Bassoon
James Rae: 16 Characteristic Studies for Bassoon
Reedimensions (RD036)

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5 Jane Sebba Dawn Chorus
No. 54 from Abracadabra Bassoon, arr. Sebba
A & C Black

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6 Trad. North American
arr. Sebba
Long-Legged Life
No. 64 from Abracadabra Bassoon, arr. Sebba
A & C Black

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7 Susato
arr. Lawrance
La Morisque
Winner Scores All for Bassoon, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0326)

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8 Sarah Watts Study in Green
from Fresh Air for Bassoon
Sarah Watts: Fresh Air for Bassoon
Kevin Mayhew (3611886)

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9 Weissenborn download Study in A minor Or Study in A minor
No. 7 Or No. 8 from Bassoon Studies, Op. 8, Vol. 1
P. 3 from Weissenborn: Bassoon Studies, Op. 8, Vol. 1
Peters (EP 2277a)

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10 Lynne Williams Chirpy Or Tangled
No. 7 Or No. 9 from Thirty One Two Three Bassoon Studies
Lynne Williams: Thirty One Two Three Bassoon Studies
Forton Music (FM421)

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Additional information

In Grades 1–3, candidates may play a bassoon of reduced size (sounding a fourth or fifth above concert pitch), provided the piano accompaniments are suitably transposed where necessary. Certain pieces at these grades are published with transposed accompaniments and these are indicated in the repertoire lists.

Publications & audio

Supporting applications

Aural Trainer

An award-winning aural practice application from ABRSM.

 

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