Gramps Ain't No Namby-Pamby (2010)
for Bassoon and Baritone
Using text written by the composer, this piece is a dialogue between a grandfather and grandson where the audience only ever hears half of the conversation. By having the bassoonist perform their role, playing the rhythm and contour of the (un)spoken text, this piece explores the power of music to create syntactical meaning through the association of speech and musical gesture.
Commissioned by bassoonist, Susan Durnin, Gramps Ain’t No Namby-Pamby has also been performed by bassoonists Margaret Fay, and award winning soloist, Allen Harrington.
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