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Music for Bassoon

Stephen Hill

Fishing with a Friend

Bassoon and Piano

Women Fishing

Fishing with a Friend
Bassoon and Piano / ca. 3:35 / 
2015 / Flowing like a River q=120

00:00 / 03:10

Program Notes

A musical impression, a memory of a lazy Saturday morning spent fishing with a friend down on the bank of the river that ran behind the music building while a student at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

The music is intentionally quiet, sentimental, and reflective of the sights, sounds, and gently blowing breeze surrounding the slow-moving current of the river.

Fishing with a Friend was composed between June 12-18, 2015, during a fly fishing and camping trip at Indian Creek Campground inYellowstone National Park in my little composing studio at campsite #73. I spent the early mornings and late evenings composing and the afternoons and early evenings fly fishing.

Deanna Estrada (Flute), Sara Renner(E. Horn), Ellen Sommer (Piano)

Stephen Hill

On the Cackling of a Hen

(Poem by John Bunyan)

Bassoon (unaccompanied)


On the Cackling of a Hen
Bassoon (unaccompanied) / ca. 2:00 / 
2015 / Slancio  q=105

00:00 / 01:45

Program Notes

Composed in 2007, On The Cackling of a Hen, was written at the request of Peter Alexander (Alexander Publishing) and is part of a larger project of Solo Compositions written for each major instrument of the Orchestra: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. The project consisted of composing music for specific poems chosen by Peter that he felt reflected the character of each instrument.  For the Solo Bassoon, the poem assigned was On The Cackling of a Hen by John Bunyan.


On The Cackling Of A Hen

by John Bunyan


The hen, so soon as she an egg doth lay,

(Spreads the fame of her doing what she may.)

About the yard she cackling now doth go,

To tell what ‘twas she at her nest did go.

Just thus it is with some professing men,

If they do ought that good is, like our hen

They can but cackle on’t where e’er they go,

What their right hand doth their left hand must follow.

Stephen Hill

Scenes from West

Yellowstone Suite

Bassoon and Piano


Scenes from West Yellowstone Suite
Bassoon and Piano / ca. 9:20 / 
2017 / Six Movements

00:00 / 09:18

Program Notes

Scenes from West Yellowstone was composed between June 10-12, 2017, while on a solo fly fishing and camping trip at Indian Creek Campground, West Yellowstone, Wyoming. This work was composed to be playable by each of the instruments of the Band and Orchestral families. The solo melodic material uses only the notes of a one-octave major scale, yet each movement intentionally increases in technical demands of the player. Each movement is reflective of actual encounters while on vacation in Yellowstone Park.


1st mvt. - Meadows along the Madison 

(Walking through the meadows on the way down to fly fish along the banks of the Madison River)

2nd mvt. - Prairie Dogs 

(Watching two prairie dogs scurrying nearby while fly fishing)

3rd mvt. - Snowfall at Indian Creek 

(Yes, it actually snowed on me in the campground in June)

4th mvt. - Birds in the Meadow

(Watching the birds flitting about me as they suddenly turned about in all directions)

5th mvt. - A Deer in the Rain

(Watching the deer quietly walking near the river in a gentle rain)

6th mvt. - Fly Fishing for Browns on the Madison

(Casting the line back and forth, watching the “fly” gently land on the top of the water, then

the sudden splash of the beautiful brown trout as it takes the fly.)

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