In his Quotation Etudes for bassoon, Robert
Stephenson pays homage to 68 composers
whose works span a period of five centuries.
Stephenson writes, "Picking a 'favorite composer' is a
most difficult task. Musical inspiration can go back as
far as notes have been written, but one thing all great
composers possess is a 'voice' of their own. While an
etude may contain a short, musical quote from a
particular composition, the primary goal of the project
is to capture the style, voice, and personality that
defines each of the 68 composers. The musical ingenuity
of these composers encompasses the period from the
Renaissance to the end of the 20th century. The
notation used is a 21st century vocabulary striving to
be faithful to original performance practices and to the
essence of each chosen composer."
The Table of Contents, listing all 68
composers whose styles are found in this set of etudes,
is shown above. The etude book is 144
pages long and contains a variety of technical and
interpretive demands. A wide range of both major and minor key
signatures are used. These etudes are an excellent study
of musical styles and a 'must' for every serious
student of music.
There are three specially edited editions:
1) oboe-clarinet-saxophone, 2) flute, and 3) bassoon.
The edition listed on this web page is for bassoon.