Henri Dutilleux Sarabande et Cortege for Bassoon and Piano
The Sarabande et Cortege for Bassoon and Piano displays influences of Debussy's eschewing of tonality and Ravel's inventive textures. These, combined with a unique use of structure and pedal points create a truly riveting piece for Bassoon and Piano. Sarabande et Cortege comes at the beginning of Dutilleux's career and was composed as part of a set of four exam pieces for the Paris Conservatoire (1942-1950). The popularity of all four pieces remains, and they continue to be performed to this day. Elements like lyrical melodies and furious passage-work make for an exciting piece for bassoonists.