Grade 4 Bassoon – L’aprés-midi d’un dinosaur by Gordon Jacob

The only way I can describe L’aprés-midi d’un dinosaur is that is “very bassoon-y”.  I’m not really sure what else there is to say – it’s slow and low.  The 3/2 time signature and the performance marking of pesante (heavy) gives this piece a classic bassoon sound.  Try to make your notes as long as possible, and don’t leave too much of a gap between notes if you need to catch a sneaky breath.

For the Grade 4 syllabus, L’aprés-midi d’un dinosaur features in List B, and should be presented with Little Waltz.  Make sure you dedicate equal time to practising both movements!

Both pieces feature in Four Sketches by Gordon Jacob.