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I think we should agree on what range we will publish for the bassoon. I suppose that certain freaks of nature enjoy playing high A-flat above the treble staff, but I am not one of them. Nonetheless, doesn't it seem logical that the graphical depiction of the range should match the text description? I, for one, certainly don't want a bunch of young composers reading this page and writing high G's in all their bassoon pieces. I vote for low b-flat to high d, with perhaps some discussion of extended ranges (to low a and high g). Anybody disagree? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Srhanna (talk • contribs) 06:17, 10 February 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm fine with the range depicted in the picture, with standard range extending to high E (indeed, a good portion of fairly mainstream solo rep has the high E in it, much to my frustration!), and extended range extending upwards. Will change the wording to reflect that. Mindspillage(spill yours?) 16:10, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)
O.k. I accept the high E as mainstream. Is there mainstream literature that includes the high A-flat? George Perle uses the high G quite famously in the three inventions, but I have no knowledge of either literature examples or fingerings for a-flat. I could be convinced if someone would like to send me a recording of themselves playing an a-flat major arpeggio covering three octaves (humor).
I can't think of any pieces offhand than contain it, but there are fingerings published on the International Double Reed Society website here (actually, there are fingerings published for even higher notes, too, up to the C#: theoretically you can go even higher, but no one's written it down that I know of, probably because anyone who's tried has passed out after trying. ;-)). You can, however, hear a high A-flat being played in the audio sample of the bassoon's range, now, if you'll take that as proof that it is possible. I suppose I could manage an arpeggio as long as I didn't have to play it too fast! (Of all the fingerings on the website, only one of them worked for me, and naturally, it's the hardest one to reach.) Mindspillage(spill yours?) 19:14, 16 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Even though there is some dispute, if it is possible playing a high Ab, we can conclusively say that it is technically part of the range, but we could say the the tradition range of the bassoon is from low Bb to high D or E, depending if you want to include those very nice composers who wrote very high E's. Hope this helps Minervaorlando12345 (talk) 00:23, 24 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This file needs fixing. Some versions have an A at the top and others have an A♭ at the top.
I'm not sure how to fix that; I thought the alternative PNG versions were all derived from the SVG file, but apparently not. Tayste (edits) 08:44, 9 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've made a version that has an A♭ as the top note. The image with the A also seems to have been converted (badly) from a raster format, if you zoom in, you can see that the treble clef is especially bad. I'm not a bassoonist, so I'll leave people who know what they're talking about to decide whether or not to use this image.
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