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THE PROUD BASSOON
An Exhibition Showing the Development of the Bassoon over the Centuries

The Waterhouse Collection of Bassoons and Related Items
Catalogue by William Waterhouse
With a foreword by Lyndesay Langwill, O. B. E.
Edinburgh Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, 1983

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This exhibition, organized by Arnold Myers and mounted during the Edinburgh International Festival of 1983, included 35 bassoons (in various sizes), 10 reed exhibits, 28 examples of bassoon-related iconography, 16 rare or facsimile specimens of bassoon music, and 23 historical documents. Most items were drawn from the Waterhouse Collection.

William Waterhouse compiled this detailed catalogue, which includes the following data for each historical bassoon: height (in mm), sounding length, minimum bore diameter, and details of key work. Waterhouse added further expert commentary on each bassoon (or other exhibited object), and this catalogue is the sole record of many of his observations about specific bassoons, reeds, musical compositions, and artifacts. Included are the two oldest English bassoons and four “Boehm” bassoons of the utmost rarity.

56 pages, 15 full-page black-and-white photographs; 28 x 15 cm.

William Waterhouse (1931-2007), one of the most respected bassoonists of his generation, was a principal player in the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Melos Ensemble. Also a much admired teacher, mentor, organologist, collector, and writer, he was the author of Bassoon (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides), The New Langwill Index, and many articles on the bassoon and its makers, players, and composers.