Commissions for new music!

Hey everyone!  I’m posting this now, so that people have time to join.  I don’t usually write in the middle of the week (unless BBWE is late), but I thought I would put this out there because the deadline it March 1st! Help support new works!

I saw a post from @composerjim on twitter aka Jim Stephenson about his new commissioning project for the bassoon, so he sent me the original post:

Dear Colleagues,

Just a quick re-post about a new commissioning project for 2014 with internationally-recognized composer, Jim Stephenson (
Jim will create TWO new significant works for bassoon.

The two works will be:
1) “Dialogue of Self and Soul” – bassoon concerto [20′] (piano reduction). The premiere with orchestral winds will be given by Norbert Nielubowski April 1, and subsequently 9 other soloists.

2) Sonata for bassoon/piano [15′]

For just $50, Micro-commissioners will get score-dedication and a copy of each work.

A little about Jim:
Recent commissions include works for the Minnesota Orchestra and Dallas Symphony (upcoming). His Devil’s Tale (sequel to L’histoire du soldat) will receive its fully-staged debut at Ravinia this summer, with Grammy award-winning Chicago Pro Musica. His trumpet concerto has been performed on five continents since 2010.
For more information on Jim and his music, please visit his website:

More about the project:

The concerto reduction would be completed by June 1, and the sonata by October 1.
Because of the numbers of participants involved, there cannot be any “premiere rights” reserved, except to anyone willing to pay for such. This can be negotiated separately with Jim.

The deadline for commitment is March 1. Payment would be collected (for both) by April 1.

To be a part of the project, simply write Jim at with the subject heading: “bassoon – I’m in”. He will then notify you about payment.

Thank you!


Laura Najarian
Bassoon, Atlanta Symphony

There you are folks!  Instructions for everything. Join Up!

Here’s his piece, The Devil’s Tale  which is a sequel to Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. It was also performed by the Pershing’s Own


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