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