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Errollyn Wallen – Bean
Performed by Maya Stone, Bassoon

Conversation with Errollyn Wallen
Conversation with Maya Stone
Educational Materials
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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?

Program Sponsors

Amphion Foundation
Tennessee Arts Commission
Metro Arts Nashville
The Alice M. Ditson Fund
Women's Philharmonic Advocacy
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