commentary to opus 62c
Divertimento for Bassoon and Violoncello, op. 62c (1977/1978)
IV. Introduction and Marsch
performance: December 31, 1978, Freiburg, Kaisersaal des Kaufhauses
Duration: 10 Minutes
Publisher: Schott Music ED 20292 / ISMN: M-001-14997-6
Südkurier, 5th January,1979
A conversation in witty sounds for bassoon and violoncello made a wonderful New Year's present. In the pathos of the opening exchange, following by a musical dispute and then a frolicking waltz, the composer invites us to an optimistic march into the New Year. The applause confirmed that Hummel had got his aim right regarding his audience.
In 1981, the
Schuberthverlag in Hamburg published the Divertimento for Bassoon and Violoncello,
op. 62c by Bertold Hummel, written in 1977 following an original work for cor
anglais and viola (composed incidentally as a piece for the wedding of two musician
friends) and rearranged by the composer for the present combination of instruments.
Badische Zeitung 3rd March, 1979
Hummel effervesces with sparkling musical moods and much humour in these four movements for bassoon and 'cello, a combination of instruments otherwise by given attention almost only by Mozart. Tailor-made for the sonorities and expressive capacities of the instruments, rollicking and fizzing (for the final march, Stravinsky must have been the god-father), the composition found in Matthias Maria Scholz and Monika Schwammberger most suitable performers.