Composed in:
for violin & bassoon (in three movements)
12.5 minutes
Doblinger Music Publishers, Vienna (catalog # 06 716)
Commissioned by:
Premiere performance:
03/10/2010 at The Loft at Liz's in Los Angeles, CA by Sara Parkins - violin and Judith Farmer - bassoon
CD recording:
Gernot Wolfgang, SHORT STORIES, Albany Records TROY1248


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Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc.



” … three delightful miniatures … ”

Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone

Encounters (2009) sees the return of the bassoon to this chamber idiom, with a very lyrical central movement, although elsewhere there are intriguing elements of bluegrass style. Wolfgang really explores the reaches of this undervalued solo instrument with writing that is both soulful and dramatic … ”

Barnaby Rayfield, Fanfare

Encounters is the fourth and final work in a series Wolfgang composed for bassoon in duet with a stringed instrument, this time paired with the violin. There are three sections, the outer two lively and quirky in nature and showcasing more exotic instrumental effects like chopping and multiphonics, whilst the middle movement, ‘The Abstract Truth’, sounds appropriately like a mild-mannered philosophical debate between soloists.”

Byzantion, Musicweb-International.com