Wolfgang A. Mozart, composer
Charles Yeago, arranger
Mozart scored the Concerto in B♭ Major for bassoon solo, two
oboes, two horns, and strings.
It is the earliest surviving concerto for a wind instrument by Mozart
(dated 1774), and is likely one work of a small series commissioned by
Munich amateur Baron Thaddeus von Dürnitz.
Mozart exploits the unique and distinctive qualities of the bassoon:
contrasting registers, rapid note repletion and passages, staccato
articulation punctuation, and beautiful instrument color.
In developing this arrangement for band, Charles Yeago distributes the
string parts among the woodwinds and keeps the transparency of the piece
intact, including all embellishments of the period.