Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Orchestral Excerpts | George Sakakeeny, Bassoon
Bt_movie_not_in_use George plays the excerpt 00h:01m:47s
Bt_movie_not_in_use How loud to play this? There is no dynamic marking. 00h:03m:15s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Important to play it with ease. Develop your high register; choose the right reed 00h:04m:05s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Playing the first note 00h:05m:12s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Common pitfall: playing the grace notes too fast, make sure you think about the speed of your fingers so that the notes are not messy 00h:07m:15s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Second phrase 00h:08m:25s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Fingering for the grace notes Bb-Cb 00h:11m:17s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Last note often cracks 00h:12m:15s


Oberlin College and Conservatory Bassoon Professor George Sakakeeny demonstrates the opening to The Rite of Spring

Composers:
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

Works:
SACRE DU PRINTEMPS, LE

Instruments:
Bassoon



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George Sakakeeny
Bassoon

George Sakakeeny has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. Including engagements in Vienna at the historic Musikverein, at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, in Paris with members of the French National Orchestra, and a nationally televised concert in Japan under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. In addition he has appeared as featured soloist with orchestra at two International Double Reed conferences. Peter Schickele’s bassoon concerto, (1998) which was commissioned for him, was the third major work for bassoon that he has premiered. Viennese composer Alexander Blechinger’s bassoon concerto was written for him in 1997, and in 1993 he performed the world premier of Michael Daughertey’s Dead Elvis. A new chamber concerto by Libby Larsen was recently commissioned for him by the Oberlin Conservatory and will be premiered in May of 2013. As a soloist he has recorded Blechinger’s bassoon concerto for the Harmonia Classica label with the Kiev Camerata and his recording of the Schickele and Larsen Concertos will be released in late 2013 by the Oberlin Music label.

In addition to his position of Professor of Bassoon at the Oberlin Conservatory where he was appointed in 1989, Sakakeeny holds the titles "Visiting Professor for Graduate Studies" at Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and “Guest Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music” of Beijing, China. In the past he held the principal bassoon positions of the New Japan Philharmonic, the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Musica Viva, the Promusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and CityMusic Cleveland. He has also served as principal bassoonist of the Grand Teton Music Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Peninsula Festival, and performed extensively with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.