Paris Conservatoire Contest Pieces

The Paris Conservatoire’s annu­al con­cours (con­test) has added a great num­ber of solo works to the bassoon’s reper­toire. Dur­ing the first cen­tu­ry or so of the Conservatoire’s exis­tence, the pieces for the com­pe­ti­tion were most­ly writ­ten by the bas­soon pro­fes­sors (Wil­lent-Bor­dog­ni, Cokken, Jan­court, etc.). But dur­ing the peri­od 1898–1984, the Con­ser­va­toire had a pol­i­cy of com­mis­sion­ing new works from estab­lished com­posers in most years.

The table below is a list of the known bas­soon con­cours pieces for the years 1824–1984 (pieces for the years 1825–1834, 1837–1839, 1871, and 1920 weren’t record­ed). Except for a cou­ple of minor details I added, all of this infor­ma­tion is tak­en from Kris­tine Klopfen­stein Fletcher’s book, The Paris Con­ser­va­toire and the Con­test Solos for Bas­soon (Bloom­ing­ton, IN: Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1988). This is one of the great bas­soon ref­er­ence works, but it has long been out of print and copies are hard to come by today. The sim­ple list below pro­vides only a small frac­tion of the wealth of infor­ma­tion in Fletcher’s book—seek out a copy of it in a uni­ver­si­ty library if you want more details about the Con­ser­va­toire, the con­cours, or any of the indi­vid­ual works or com­posers. For infor­ma­tion about the con­cours for the years 1985–2004, see Jef­frey Lyman’s arti­cle “The Morceaux de Con­cours for Bas­soon Since 1984: A Parisian Tra­di­tion Con­tin­ues,” in The Dou­ble Reed, Vol­ume 28, no. 2 (2005).

Some notes on this list:

  • I’ve pro­vid­ed links for pieces which are down­load­able from IMSLP. I’ve uploaded a few pieces myself, and will con­tin­ue to hunt for copies of oth­ers that are in the pub­lic domain. I’ll try to keep on top of adding new links as more pieces are added — please let me know if you add one of the miss­ing pieces to IMSLP.
  • The table is sortable by any col­umn (pro­vid­ed you have Javascript enabled). Click a col­umn head­er to sort by that field.
  • Works com­mis­sioned specif­i­cal­ly for that year’s con­cours are marked with a dag­ger ().
  • Begin­ning in 1970 a sec­ond piece, usu­al­ly a stan­dard of the reper­toire, was required each year. I’ve split each of those years into two rows (e.g. 1970a and 1970b) so that the list will remain entire­ly sortable.

 

Year Com­pos­er Work Notes
1824 Rethaler, [Auguste] Con­cer­to
1835 Gebauer, François René Con­cer­to in C unspec­i­fied excerpt
1836 Gebauer, François René Air Suisse en Sol
1840 Berbigu­ier, [Tran­quille] Con­cer­to
1841 Barizel, Charles Con­cer­to
1842 Barizel, Charles/Berr, Frédéric Con­cer­to
1843 Barizel, Charles Con­cer­to
1844 Barizel, Charles Con­cer­to
1845 Barizel, Charles/Berr, Frédéric Con­cer­to in G minor
1846 Barizel, Charles/Berr, Frédéric Con­certi­no
1847 unknown Con­certi­no
1848 Berbigu­ier, [Tran­quille] Con­cer­to
1849 Wil­lent-Bor­dog­ni, Jean Bap­tiste Fan­taisie
1850 Berr, Frédéric Fan­taisie
1851 Wil­lent-Bor­dog­ni, Jean Bap­tiste La Mélan­col­ie, Fan­taisie
1852 Cokken, Jean-François Andante et Ron­do
1853 Berr, Frédéric Con­certi­no
1854 Cokken, Jean-François Andante et Ron­do
1855 Berr, Frédéric/Cokken, Jean-François Con­cer­to unspec­i­fied excerpt
1856 Wil­lent-Bor­dog­ni, Jean Bap­tiste Fan­taisie
1857 Cokken, Jean-François Solo
1858 Tulou, Jean-Louis/­Cokken, Jean-François Solo
1859 Tulou, Jean-Louis/­Cokken, Jean-François Solo
1860 Cokken, Jean-François Solo
1861 Cokken, Jean-François Solo
1862 Cokken, Jean-François Pre­mier Solo
1863 Berr, Frédéric Deux­ième Con­cer­to
1864 Cokken, Jean-François Con­certi­no
1865 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 unspec­i­fied excerpt
1866 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvt. I
1867 Berr, Frédéric Con­cer­to in C minor
1868 unknown Con­cer­to unspec­i­fied excerpt
1869 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 unspec­i­fied excerpt
1870 Berr, Frédéric Con­cer­to unspec­i­fied excerpt
1872 Bervil­liers Con­certi­no
1873 Cokken, Jean-François Con­cer­to in D minor unspec­i­fied excerpt
1874 Cokken, Jean-François Deux­ième Con­cer­to
1875 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvts. II & III
1876 Jan­court, Eugène Troisième Solo, Op. 53
1877 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvt. I
1878 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75
1879 Jan­court, Eugène Qua­trième Solo, Op. 54 unspec­i­fied excerpt
1880 Jan­court, Eugène Deux­ième Solo, Op.52
1881 David, Fer­di­nand Con­certi­no unspec­i­fied excerpt
1882 Jan­court, Eugène Six­ième Solo, Op. 66
1883 Jan­court, Eugène Pre­mier Solo, Op. 23
1884 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvt. I
1885 Jan­court, Eugène Cinquième Solo, Op. 57
1886 Jan­court, Eugène Sep­tième Solo, Op. 99
1887 Jan­court, Eugène Huitième Solo, Op. 100
1888 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvts. II & III
1889 Jan­court, Eugène Con­certi­no in A minor, Op. 118
1890 Jan­court, Eugène Qua­trième Solo, Op. 54
1891 Jan­court, Eugène Neu­vième Solo, Op. 123
1892 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75
1893 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191
1894 Bour­deau, Eugène Pre­mier Solo
1895 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvts. II & III
1896 Weber, Carl Maria von Andante e Ron­do Ongarese, Op. 35
1897 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvts. II & III
1898 Pierné, Gabriel Solo de Con­cert, Op. 35
1899 Puget, Paul Solo de Bas­son
1900 Bour­gault-Ducoudray, Louis-Albert Fan­taisie
1901 René, Charles Solo de Con­cert
1902 Bloch, André Fan­taisie Var­iée
1903 Dal­li­er, Hen­ri Sonata in B-flat Alle­gro
1904 Tau­dou, Antoine Morceau de Con­cours
1905 Bertelin, Albert Intro­duc­tion et Ron­do
1906 Pierné, Gabriel Solo de Con­cert, Op. 35 com­mis­sioned for 1898
1907 Bour­deau, Eugène Deux­ième Solo
1908 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvt. I
1909 Büss­er, Hen­ri Réc­it et Thème Var­ié
1910 Cools, Eugène Con­cer­stück, Op. 80
1911 Jean­jean, Paul Prélude et Scher­zo
1912 Mou­quet, Jules Bal­lade, Op. 34
1913 Dal­li­er, Hen­ri Sonata in B-flat Alle­gro; com­mis­sioned for 1903
1914 Pierné, Gabriel Solo de Con­cert, Op. 35 com­mis­sioned for 1898
1915 Tau­dou, Antoine Morceau de Con­cours com­mis­sioned for 1904
1916 Puget, Paul Solo de Bas­son com­mis­sioned for 1899
1917 Büss­er, Hen­ri Pièce de Con­cours, Op. 66
1918 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvt. I
1919 Mou­quet, Jules Bal­lade, Op. 34 com­mis­sioned for 1912
1921 Bour­deau, Eugène Pre­mier Solo first used 1894
1922 Pierné, Gabriel Solo de Con­cert, Op. 35 com­mis­sioned for 1898
1923 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvt. I
1924 Saint-Saëns, Camille Sonate, Op. 168
1925 Büss­er, Hen­ri Can­tilène et Ron­do
1926 Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75 mvts. II & III
1927 Büss­er, Hen­ri Réc­it et Thème Var­ié com­mis­sioned for 1909
1928 Ollone, Max d’ Romance et Taran­telle
1929 Vidal, Paul Ada­gio et Saltarelle
1930 Grovlez, Gabriel Sicili­enne et Alle­gro Gio­coso
1931 Mazel­li­er, Jules Prélude et Danse
1932 Pierné, Gabriel Solo de Con­cert, Op. 35 com­mis­sioned for 1898
1933 Pierné, Gabriel Prélude de Con­cert, Op. 53
1934 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvt. I
1935 Boz­za, Eugène Réc­it, Sicili­enne et Ron­do
1936 Bloch, André Fan­taisie Var­iée com­mis­sioned for 1902
1937 Weber, Carl Maria von Andante e Ron­do Ongarese, Op. 35
1938 Forêt, Féli­cien Pièces Brèves
1939 Büss­er, Hen­ri Por­tugue­sa, Op. 106
1940 Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvts. II & III
1941 Pierné, Paul Thème et Vari­a­tions
1942 Dutilleux, Hen­ri Sara­bande et Cortège
1943 Pierné, Gabriel Solo de Con­cert, Op. 35 com­mis­sioned for 1898
1944 Presle, Jacques de la Petite Suite en Fa
1945 Boz­za, Eugène Fan­taisie
1946 Duc­los, René Fagot­ti­no
1947 Bloch, André Danc­ing Jack
1948 Bitsch, Mar­cel Con­certi­no
1949 Maugüé, Jules M. L. Diver­tisse­ments Cham­pêtres
1950 Martel­li, Hen­ri Thème Var­ié, Op. 74
1951 Sem­ler-Collery, Jules Réc­i­tatif et Final
1952 Tans­man, Alexan­dre Sonatine
1953 Maixan­deau, Marie-Vera Lied et Ron­do
1954 Jolivet, André Con­cer­to mvt. II
1955 Fla­ment, Édouard Capric­cio, Op. 142, No. 3
1956 Mon­feuil­lard, René Lamen­to et Final
1957 Tomasi, Hen­ri Con­cer­to mvt. I
1958 Duc­los, René Trois Noc­turnes
1959 Garten­laub, Odette Sonatine
1960 Tans­man, Alexan­dre Suite
1961 Casadesus, Robert Deux Pièces
1962 Bernaud, Alain Con­certi­no da Cam­era
1963 Chal­lan, Hen­ri Fan­taisie
1964 Riv­i­er, Jean Con­cer­to mvts. II & III
1965 Aubin, Tony Con­certi­no del­la Brughiera
1966 Garten­laub, Odette Pro­fils
1967 Weber, Alain Palin­dromes
1968 Vaubour­goin, Marc Con­cer­to mvts. II & III
1969 Mar­goni, Alain Après une Lec­ture de Dreis­er
1970a Gotkovsky, Ida Vari­a­tions Con­cer­tantes
1970b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in E minor, RV 484
1971a Boizard, Gilles Fan­taisie
1971b Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvt. I
1972a Boutry, Roger Inter­férences I
1972b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in B-flat, RV 503
1973a Keller, Ginette Ébauch­es
1973b Weber, Carl Maria von Con­cer­to in F, Op. 75
1974a Castérède, Jacques Échanges
1974b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in A minor, RV 497
1975a Manen, Chris­t­ian Les Enchant­ments de Cir­cé, Réc­it d’Ulysse, Op. 96
1975b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in E minor, RV 484
1976a Petit, Pierre Thème et Vari­a­tions
1976b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in B-flat, RV 503
1977a Char­p­en­tier, Jacques Grave
1977b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in C minor, RV 480
1978a Bernaud, Alain Hal­lu­ci­na­tions
1978b Weber, Carl Maria von Andante e Ron­do Ongarese, Op. 35
1979a Françaix, Jean Con­cer­to mvt. I
1979b Vival­di, Anto­nio Con­cer­to in F, RV 488
1980a Boutry, Roger Tim­bres
1980b Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvts. II & III
1981a Bitsch, Mar­cel Par­ti­ta
1981b Saint-Saëns, Camille Sonate, Op. 168 mvts. I & II
1982a Boutry, Roger Prisme
1982b Mozart, Wolf­gang Amadeus Con­cer­to in B-flat, K. 191 mvt. I
1983a Lan­cen, Serge Sonatine
1983b Hum­mel, Johann Nepo­muk Con­cer­to in F mvt. I
1984a Dubois, Pierre Max Sonatine-Tan­go
1984b Bois­morti­er, Joseph Bod­in de Con­cer­to in D