Award Date

May 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Committee Member

Janis McKay

Number of Pages



There are well over one hundred published methods and etude collections written for the bassoon. However, many bassoon teachers and students are only familiar with a few of them, primarily those composed by Julius Weissenborn and Ludwig Milde. This is evidenced by the frequent mentions of these etudes in writings about bassoon literature, repertoire surveys, university syllabi, articles in the journal of the International Double Reed Society, and more. While these specific studies remain an invaluable part of the bassoonist’s repertoire, there are several aspects of bassoon playing they do not address, particularly where post-Romantic musical styles are concerned. When the need arises to study material outside the purview of these classic texts, one may have difficulty determining where to seek it. Printed descriptions of the etude repertoire are few and limited in scope, and there is a notable dearth of recordings of etudes by accomplished bassoonists.

To remedy this deficiency in the bassoon community’s resources, this document contains a guide to the pedagogical aspects of bassoon playing which can be addressed through the study of etudes, a listing of the individual etudes in a collection which address each of these subjects, and an annotated bibliography of seventy-three etude collections.

The areas of bassoon playing addressed include dexterity, key studies, atonality, large intervals, extreme ranges, venting, articulation, rhythm, rests, subdivisions, meters, clefs, ornaments, extended techniques, non-standard notation, and expression. Several of these subjects are accompanied by a table of etudes, chosen from the seventy-three collections, that address the technique.

The annotated bibliography includes information on each collection’s grade of difficulty, length, and range and clef-reading requirements; a collection’s approach to dexterity, articulation, rhythm, meter, and expression are also described.


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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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