|First appearance of the "sexy" theme||00h:00m:50s|
|Steadiness of the rhythm: hear the snare drum, but playing fortissimo||00h:01m:08s|
|Keep the crescendo on the smaller side, since the entire piece is one long crescendo unfolding||00h:01m:19s|
|Placement and quality of the accents||00h:01m:50s|
|Third high D-flat is purposely not accented, so the G natural can be||00h:02m:55s|
|On the long E, counting is critical||00h:03m:03s|
|Match volume on the D following the long E||00h:03m:21s|
|Don't take extra time on the triplet||00h:03m:28s|
|Don't overplay the B-flat after the breath mark||00h:03m:50s|
|Relating the three descending final statements||00h:04m:22s|
|OK to make a very small crescendo on the last beat of the solo||00h:05m:18s|
|Steve plays the entire solo||00h:05m:59s|
Steven Dibner, Associate Principal Bassoon of the San Francisco Symphony, plays and discusses the solo from Ravel's Boléro.
Recorded Date: 10-09-2013
Steven Dibner is a native of Michigan and began his career as a violinist, actor and singer. He began serious study of the bassoon with Leonard Sharrow at Indiana University, where he attained degrees in music, French/Italian and a Performer's Certificate, and with Stephen Maxym at The Juilliard School, obtaining an M.M. Dibner served as principal bassoonist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1983, during which time he maintained a busy freelance career performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Chamber Soloists and Parnassus. He has regularly appeared as a bassoon soloist and chamber musician with San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival, as well as the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed chamber music at leading festivals around the world, including those of Salzburg, Lucerne, Spoleto, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart (NYC), Caramoor and Aspen. Dibner also presents solo appearances for sick and disadvantaged people in the San Francisco Bay Area through the organization Bread and Roses.