Errollyn Wallen – Bean
Performed by Maya Stone, Bassoon
Conversation with Errollyn Wallen
Conversation with Maya Stone
Listen: The Range of the Bassoon
Over the course of Bean, the entire range of the bassoon is used. Where in the range does the piece begin? Where in the range does the piece end? Does it go straight from one range to another? How does the composer go from one register to another?
Dig Deeper: Inspiration & Compositional Process
What exactly inspired this piece and how did the composer turn all that inspiration into music? Do you think you can guess the inspiration of this piece by the title and by listening to the piece?
Create and Make: Graphic Notation
Wallen used traditional staff notation for this piece, but what would it look like if you tried to make a graphic score for this piece? How could you represent that melody through lines and other symbols?