Composed for the now delveloping reed quintet consisting of oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone and bassoon. Three movements allow this effective ensemble to shine. The music is moderately difficult.
1. Iowa Prelude (0'25) An introductory fanfare, perhaps for the Iowa State Fair. It was originally composed in Iowa for the double-reed quartet OBOHIO.
2. Postcard: Manhattan Broadway, 1947 (2'26) Inspired by a color postcard showing Broadway in heavy traffic with buses, colorful signs and bustling sidewalks.
Chopsticks Varations is an hilarious setting of the famous piece for 2 oboes (or oboe & oboe d'amore), English horn and bassoon. It makes an excellent concert encore - especially if you've gone overboard with the "serious" stuff - and it is a proven hit at children's and senior citizen's programs. Parts are provided for all instruments and the score shows all instruments. This arrangement was originally published by BOCAL MUSIC as their BMC-121 Fantasy Variations on Chopsticks. We have revised it slightly and are publishing a new full score and parts.
The First Six Bassoon Solos include easy music for new bassoonists. The solo parts are written within the octave from low F (F2) to open F (F3). The piano parts are easy, too. Rhythms used are whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. Most of the music is smooth. One piece requires staccato quarter notes; another requires tied half notes. Additional, more challenging music can be found in Five More First Solos for bassoon and piano [1218B].
No. 1 Andante (0'48") B-flat major in 4/4 meter
The bassoon dips its toe into the 'blues'. Premiered by the composer and The Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Russel Mikkelson, director. We also publish two versions with wind accompaniment: for band [0512A] and for orchestral wind section [0512B].
BULLETIN! This selection was added to the Ohio Music Education Association's (OMEA) Solo and Ensemble List in Grade A in 2014.
This is the pre-printed, paper version of this work. A downloadable PDF of Weait's Blue Bassoon for solo bassoon and piano is also available
An arrangement of the famous piece from the 12 hundreds for woodwind choir. Calls for piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxes, tenor and baritone sax.
The arranger pouts while stating, “This arrangement can be performed without the English horn, E-flat clarinet, contrabass clarinets, contrabassoon and bass saxophone parts.”
Listen to Weait's arrangement of Sumer is Icumen In. (Synthesized)
Little March for Small Band was composed for the 1962 Fourth of July celebration at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. A few wind players prepared a "band concert" suitable for the occasion. A visiting musician, Les Thimmig, later of the University of Wisconsin, volunteered to play bass clarinet. The piece is dedicated to him. Scored for 2 flutes (2nd / piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, Bf-lat trumpet, trombone and double bass.
A solo for unaccompanied horn in F. Dedicated to Mary Louise MacLean Wood who was my helper when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. The piece is rhythmically demanding and has a wide range from written G3 to G5.
This is the pre-printed, paper version of the work. A PDF digital download is also available.
These fanfares were composed at different times for different ensembles. Fanfares 1 and 2 were written for OBOHIO to begin concerts by that double reed quartet. We played them offstage before entering. Tavern Fanfare was written for a wind octet to play a concert at, you guessed it, a tavern! The Seven Eight Fanfare was composed in 1998 for no particular ensemble or event.
This is a revised and re-notated version of this work. Cues have been added and the keys of the first three movements have been changed.
An aural scrapbook of music heard during the 19th century: 1. Washington’s March at the Battle of Trenton by James Hewitt (1770 - 1827), 2. Farewell, Thou Dear Country by G. F. Stanbury (1800 - 1845) 3. Waltz by F. A. Vogel, 4. Reel and Hornpipe (Buckley's Favorite Reel and Saratoga Hornpipe). For wind nonet. E-flat and B-flat contra bass clarinet parts are provided to substitute for contrabassoon or double bass.
Fragments for wind octet was composed beginning in 1992 and worked on sporadically until 2010. It uses a compositional technique as if themes placed on a bulletin board are moved around for each instrument. The motives recall the traditional figures played when harmonies – ensembles of pairs of woodwinds and horns - were in vogue: leaping clarinet arpeggios, bouncy bassoon bass lines, sprightly rhythms and lyrical oboe melodies. The horns, however, play a corrupted version of ‘horn fifths’ throughout without sharing it.
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