Dead Elvis (1993)
for bassoon and chamber ensemble
by Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)- American composer
What if Elvis had been into Gregorian Chant instead of Rock and Roll? Contemporary composer Michael Daugherty mixes pop culture and "Dies Irae" into one composition sure to be Takin' Care of Business in a Flash! Performed by bassoonists all over the world, Dead Elvis for solo bassoon and small chamber ensemble has become one of the most frequently performed works for bassoon. In this highly original work, Daugherty explores the “Sturm und Drang” of the hip, young, genius rock-and-roll Elvis versus the vulgar, fat, stoned Las Vegas Elvis. For performance of Dead Elvis, it has become a tradition for bassoonists to wear an Elvis “Las Vegas” white jumpsuit (easily rented from a local costume store).
Duration - ca. 9:00
This title is the solo bassoon part only.