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Annotated Checklist of Bassoons

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Bassoons
Tenoroon
Contrabassoon
Contrabassophon


Makers:

Adler
Barbier, Florentin: 1869-1880; 1919-1924
Blockley, John
Buffet-Crampon & Cie: after 1872; 1900-1925
Catlin, George
Cramer & Son
Cundy-Bettoney
Grenser I, Augustin
Grenser, Heinrich
Hale, John
Hasler, John
Heckel
Hell, Franz
Klemm, G. & A.
Klemm, J. G. and F. A.
Lot, Gilles
Meacham, J. & H.
Milhouse, William: 1785-1800; 1799-1828; 1800-1810
Moennig Brothers
Mollenhauer, Johann Andreas
Parker, John
Riedl, Ernst Karl
Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co.
Savary jeune, Jean Nicolas
Sax, Charles-Joseph
Schultze, William G.
Wunderlich, Karl: 1930; 1935

NMM 2418.  Bassoon by Jean Nicolas Savary, Paris, 1823.

NMM 2418. Bassoon by Jean Nicolas Savary, Paris, 1823.


Bassoons
(in chronological order)

NMM 5627. Bassoon by Gilles Lot, Paris, ca. 1752-1775. Stamped on wing, butt, and bell joints: G * LOT / [lion rampant]. Wing joint of boxwood, other joints of maple, all stained dark brown. Brass mounts. Five brass keys (E-flat key possibly added later). SATW. Wing joint 493 mm; butt joint 423 mm; long joint 520 mm; bell joint 283 mm; height 1226 mm. Board of Trustees, 1993.


NMM 5784. Bassoon by Augustin Grenser I, Dresden, ca. 1755. Stamped on all four joints: [three-pronged crown] / GRENTZER / [Saxon swords]. Maple, stained. Brass mounts. Original bocal. Four brass keys. SATW. Wing joint 457 mm; butt joint 415 mm; long joint 506 mm; bell joint 275 mm; height 1196 mm. Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Fund, 1994.

Lit.:  "1994 Acquisitions Include Rare Pianos, Harp, Woodwinds," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. XXII, No. 2 (January 1995), p. 3.


NMM 3336. Bassoon by John Blockley, Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire, England, ca. 1760. Stamped on two joints: BLOCKLEY. Maple. Brass mounts. Four brass keys. SATW. Wing joint 478 mm; butt joint 438 mm; long joint 480 mm; bell joint 310 mm; height 1228 mm. Ex colls.: Anthony Baines, London, and Phillip T. Young, Victoria, BC, Canada. Board of Trustees, 1983.

Lit.:  Eric Halfpenny, "The Evolution of the Bassoon in England 1750-1800," Galpin Society Journal, Vol. X (May 1957), plates I and II.

Will Jansen, The Bassoon (Buren, The Netherlands: Frits Knuf, 1978), Vol. I, p. 339.

Phillip T. Young, The Look of Music (Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver Museums and Planetarium, 1980), p. 156.

"1983 Acquisitions at USD Music Museum," Newsletter of the American Musical Instrument Society, Vol. XIII, No. 2 (June 1984), pp. 5-6.


NMM 2534. Bassoon by John Parker, London, ca. 1770-1780. Stamped on bell: PARKER / LONDON. Maple, stained black. Brass mounts. Six brass keys. SATW. Wing joint (damaged) ca. 491 mm; butt joint 441 mm; long joint 500 mm; bell joint 340 mm; height ca. 1281 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 574. Bassoon by John Hale and William Milhouse, London, ca. 1785-1800. Stamped on butt joint: [fleur-de-lis] / I. HALE / LONDON. Stamped on wing joint: W. MILHOUSE / LONDON. Maple. Brass mounts. Eight brass keys. SATW on butt and long joints; SATK on wing joint. Wing joint 480 mm; butt joint 439 mm; long joint 490 mm; bell joint 310 mm; height 1239 mm. Played by William H. Bower (Director of the Keokuk, Iowa, Municipal Band, until his retirement in 1946) in a vaudeville act in the eastern United States, when he was a young man. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3608. Bassoon by Heinrich Grenser, Dresden, ca. 1796-1806. Stamped on butt joint: [Saxon swords] / H. GRENSER / DRESDEN / 2*; stamped on long, wing, and bell joints: [Saxon swords] / H. GRENSER / 2*. Maple. Brass mounts. Eight brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 476 mm; butt joint 428 mm; long joint 533 mm; bell joint 290 mm; height 1251 mm. Ex colls.: Friedemann Hellwig, Nürnberg, Germany, and Phillip T. Young, Victoria, BC, Canada. Board of Trustees, 1985.

Lit.:  Phillip T. Young, 2,500 Historical Woodwind Instruments (New York: Pendragon Press, 1982), p. 53.

André P. Larson, Amadeus: His Music and the Instruments of Eighteenth-Century Vienna, exhibition catalog, Shrine to Music Museum and Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1990, (Vermillion: Shrine to Music Museum, 1990), p. 17.

Phillip T. Young, 4,900 Historical Woodwind Instruments (London: Tony Bingham, 1993), p. 105, No. 18.

André P. Larson, Beethoven: Musical Treasures from The Age of Revolution and Romance, with essays by John Eliot Gardner, William Meredith, and Gerhard Stradner, exhibition catalog, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California, January 30-March 21, 1999 (Santa Ana: The Bowers Museum, 1999), p. 13.

André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), p. 49.


NMM 4503. Bassoon by William Milhouse, London, ca. 1800-1810. Stamped on top and bottom of butt joint: W. MILHOUSE / LONDON. Maple. Brass mounts. Eight brass keys. SATW; SATK on wing joint. Wing joint 488 mm; butt joint 430 mm; long joint 488 mm; bell joint 314 mm; height 1232 mm. Ex coll.: Friedrich Von Huene, Brookline, Massachusetts. Purchase funds gift of Mrs. Clark Y. (Ethel) Gunderson, Vermillion, in memory of her father, Charles Lyckholm, 1988.

Lit.:  "Important Acquisitions Made by Museum in 1988," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. XVI, No. 2 (January 1989), p. 2.


NMM 4880. Bassoon by George Catlin, Hartford, Connecticut, ca. 1805. Stamped on butt joint: MADE by / GEORGE CATLIN / Hartford / [flower]; stamped on long, wing, and bell joints: CATLIN / [flower]. Maple, stained. Brass mounts. Four brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 477 mm; butt joint 428 mm; long joint 483 mm; bell 298 mm; height 1209 mm. Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Fund, 1989.

Lit.:  Sotheby's: Musical Instruments, November 22 & 23, 1989 (London: Sotheby's, November 22 & 23, 1989), Lot 77.

Phillip T. Young, 4,900 Historical Woodwind Instruments (London: Tony Bingham, 1993), p. 48.


NMM 1437. Bassoon by Cramer & Son, London, 1808-1812. Stamped on all four joints: CRAMER & SON / LONDON / [unicorn head]; No 20 PALL MALL added on butt joint. Scratched along inside of wing joint: J. Twitchell/ Huntington 1860 / Y S D / 5 .. 5 .. O [?]. Maple. Brass mounts. Eight brass keys. SATW. Wing joint 437 mm; butt joint 431 mm; long joint 499 mm; bell joint 315 mm; height 1245 mm. Ex coll.: Anthony Baines, London. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 5319. Bassoon by J. & H. Meacham, Albany, New York, ca. 1813-1827. Stamped on butt and bell joints: J. & H. MEACHAM / ALBANY. Maple. Brass mounts. Six brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 439 mm; butt joint 425 mm; long joint 482 mm; bell joint 313 mm; height 1220 mm. Ex coll.: Kurt Stein, Springfield, Pennsylvania. Board of Trustees, 1992.

Lit.:  Phillip T. Young, 4,900 Historical Woodwind Instruments (London: Tony Bingham, 1993), p. 156.


NMM 1308. Bassoon by Charles-Joseph Sax, Brussels, ca. 1818-1830. Stamped on butt and long joints: * / SAX / FACr DU ROI / A BRUXELLES / *. Engraved on mount at top of the butt joint: Afdeeling Grendiers. Maple. Brass mounts. Eight brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 467 mm; butt joint 430 mm; long joint 531 mm; bell joint 295 mm; height 1256 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 1302. Bassoon by Johann Andreas Mollenhauer, Fulda, ca. 1822-1830. Stamped on butt joint: Mollenhauer / Fulda. Maple, stained dark. Brass mounts. Twelve brass keys. SATK. Wing joint: 452 mm; butt joint 434 mm; long joint 511 mm; bell joint 341 mm; height 1286 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2418. Bassoon by Jean Nicolas Savary jeune, Paris, 1823. Stamped on bell: * / Savary / jeune / A PARIS / *. Maple. Brass mounts. Eleven brass keys. SATW. Two wing joints, of which one has two mechanical brass tuning slides. The butt joint also has a tuning slide. The long joint has one extension. Wing joint 420 mm; butt joint 423 mm; long joint 499 mm; bell joint 330 mm; height 1252 mm. Octagonal wooden case, fitted for 5 joints and the bocal. Ex coll.: de Cicogna family, Milan. Board of Trustees, 1985.

Lit.:  William Waterhouse, The New Langwill Index (London: Tony Bingham, 1993), p. 347.

Phillip T. Young, 4,900 Historical Woodwind Instruments (London: Tony Bingham, 1993), p. 199.

André P. Larson, Beethoven: Musical Treasures from The Age of Revolution and Romance, with essays by John Eliot Gardner, William Meredith, and Gerhard Stradner, exhibition catalog, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California, January 30-March 21, 1999 (Santa Ana: The Bowers Museum, 1999), p. 13.

André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), p. 50.


NMM 5732. Bassoon by J. G. and F. A. Klemm, Philadelphia, ca. 1825-1830. Probably made by G. & A. Klemm, Markneukirchen. Stamped on butt and long joints: KLEMM / PHILADA. Maple, stained dark brown. Twelve brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 456 mm; butt joint 414 mm; long joint 499 mm; bell joint 355 mm; height 1268 mm. Cecil B. Leeson Collection, transferred from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1994.


NMM 1311. Bassoon, Germany, ca. 1825-50. Maple. Twelve brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 446 mm; butt joint 435 mm; long joint 501 mm; bell joint 328 mm; height 1264 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 5920. Bassoon by John Hasler, London, ca. 1830. Stamped on all four joints: HASLER / LONDON; also stamped on butt joint: HASLER. Maple, stained black. Brass mounts. Six brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 470 mm; butt joint 438 mm; long joint 490 mm; bell joint 327 mm; height 1255 mm. Board of Trustees, 1996.


NMM 2878. Bassoon by Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co., London, ca. 1854-1871. Stamped on long joint: RUDALL / ROSE CARTE & CO. / 20 CHARING CROSS / LONDON. Cocus. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 455 mm; butt joint 429 mm; long joint 519 mm; bell joint 323 mm; height 1271 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2877. Bassoon by Florentin Barbier, Paris, ca. 1869-1880. Stamped on all four joints: F. BARBIER / FB. Rosewood. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 472 mm; butt joint 435 mm; long joint 498 mm; bell joint 393 mm; height 1226 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 5898. Bassoon by Buffet-Crampon & Cie., Paris, after 1872. Stamped on butt, bell, and long joints and on cap of butt joint: [lyre] BUFFET / Crampon & Cie / A PARIS [in oval cartouche] / BC [monogram]; on long joint is added: BREVETES / S.G.D.G.; on butt joint is added: CARL FISCHER / NEW YORK; stamped lengthwise on butt and long joints: 50-115.0109; stamped below upper mount on butt joint: 84199R [?]. Maple, stained dark brown. Lacquered nickel-silver keys and mounts. Eleven keys. SATK. Wing joint 467 mm; butt joint 433 mm; long joint 496 mm; bell joint 393 mm; height 1322 mm. Gift of Marlin E. Morrette, Dunnellon, Florida, 1981.


NMM 4265. Bassoon, France, ca. 1890. Rosewood. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 464 mm; butt joint 434 mm; long joint 494 mm; bell joint 393 mm; height 1321 mm. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 6122. Bassoon attributed to Adler or Heckel, Adorf or Markneukirchen, The Vogtland, Saxony, ca. 1900-1915. Imported by Carl Fischer, New York. Stamped on all four joints: CARL FISCHER / NEW YORK. Maple, stained with dark varnish. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. German system. Gift of Alan G. Bates, Hockessin, Delaware, 1998.


NMM 3097. Bassoon by Buffet-Crampon & Cie, Paris, ca. 1900-1925. Stamped on all four joints: [lyre] / BUFFET / Crampon & Cie / A PARIS [in oval cartouche] / BC [monogram]. Stamped on long joint and inside wing joint: 1. Serial no. 257R. Rosewood. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 425 mm; butt joint 421 mm; long joint 460 mm; bell joint 400 mm; height 1281 mm. Wayne Sorensen Collection, 1982.


NMM 14410. Bassoon, Czechoslovakia, ca. 1919-1924. Stamped with trade name, Florentin Barbier. German system. Gift of James B. Preus, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009.


NMM 2494. Bassoon by Karl Wunderlich, Siebenbrunn, Germany, ca. 1930. Stamped on bell: [five medallions with crown] / KARL / WUNDERLICH [in oval cartouche]. Serial no. 740. Stamped on butt joint: MADE IN GERMANY. Maple. Nickel-silver plated mounts and keys. German system. Wing joint 484 mm; butt joint 414 mm; long joint 568 mm; bell joint 352 mm; height 1334 mm. Gift of the Orange City, Iowa, Public Schools, 1973.


NMM 2786. Bassoon by Ernst Karl Riedl, Graslitz, ca. 1930. Stamped on bell: E. K. RIEDL / C.B.R. [?] / GRASLITZ / CZECHO SLOVAKIA. Stamped on mounts of butt joint: 531. Maple, stained red. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. German system. Wing joint 476 mm; butt joint 419 mm; long joint 562 mm; bell joint 356 mm; height 1337 mm. Gift of the Aurelia, Iowa, Public Schools, 1973.


NMM 4730. Bassoon [made or imported] by Cundy-Bettoney, Boston, and Germany, ca. 1930. Stamped on all four joints: [lyre] / H. BETTONEY / CBC / BOSTON [in oval cartouche] / U S A; below this stamped on all four joints: DE VOE & GLASS. Serial no. 9086. Maple, with refinished surface. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 466 mm; butt joint 437 mm; long joint 497 mm; bell joint 390 mm; height 1324 mm. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1989.


NMM 562. Bassoon, Germany, ca. 1930. Maple, stained red-brown. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. German system. Wing joint 480 mm; butt joint 412 mm; long joint 576 mm; bell joint 353 mm; height 1341 mm. Used in Public Schools, Sioux Falls and Volga, South Dakota. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 567. Bassoon, France, ca. 1930. Maple. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 467 mm; butt joint 436 mm; long joint 495 mm; bell joint 390 mm; height 1321 mm. Used at Texas A. & M., College Station, Texas, and St. Francis Indian School, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 568. Bassoon, France, ca. 1930. Maple, stained dark red. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. French system. Wing joint 464 mm; butt joint 432 mm; long joint 536 mm; bell joint 393 mm; height 1361 mm. Case by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 571. Bassoon, Germany, ca. 1930. Maple. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. German system. Wing joint 480 mm; butt joint 407 mm; long joint 580 mm; bell joint 356 mm; height 1343 mm. Used in Brookings, South Dakota, High School Band, ca. 1930-1962. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 570. Bassoon by Karl Wunderlich, Siebenbrunn, Germany, ca. 1935. Stamped on bell: [crown and 5 medallions] / KARL/ WUNDERLICH [in oval cartouche] / 549. Maple. Nickel-silver keys and mounts. German system. Wing joint 476 mm; butt joint 412 mm; long joint 570 mm; bell joint 352 mm; height 1334 mm. Played in the Little Falls, Minnesota, High School Band, 1939-43, by Dorothy Evans. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 4079. Bassoon by Moennig Brothers, Markneukirchen, ca. 1950. Stamped on bell: [lyre] / MOENNIG BROS / ARTIST-MODEL / GERMANY / 7432. Serial no. 7432. Maple, stained deep red. Chrome-plated keys and mounts. German system. Wing joint 472 mm; butt joint 412 mm; long joint 568 mm; bell joint 355 mm. Height 1335 mm. Played in the Yankton, South Dakota, High School Band until 1986. Gift of Yankton High School, South Dakota, 1986.


NMM 2787. Bassoon by Moennig Brothers, Markneukirchen, ca. 1950. Stamped on bell: [lyre] / MOENNIG BROS / ARTIST - MODEL / 2 1. Maple, stained red. Chrome-plated key-work and mounts. German system. Wing joint 472 mm; butt joint 415 mm; long joint 567 mm; bell joint 357 mm; height 1339 mm. Gift of Dean Pelz, Paullina, Iowa, 1971.

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Tenoroon

NMM 2671. Tenoroon (tenor bassoon) by William Milhouse, London, ca.1799-1828. Stamped on all four joints: W. MILHOUSE / LONDON; 337 / OXFORD / STREET added on long and bell joints. Maple, stained. Brass mounts. Eight brass keys. SATW. Wing joint 344 mm; butt joint 284 mm; long joint 348 mm; bell joint 193 mm; height 825 mm. Board of Trustees, 1980.

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Contrabassoon

NMM 3073. Contrabassoon by Franz Hell, Brünn (Brno), Moravia (The Czech Republic), then part of the Austrian Empire, ca. 1830. Stamped on butt, long, and wing joints: [eagle] / F. HELL / BRUNN / [star]. Maple, stained dark brown. Metal bell. Brass mounts. Thumb-hole bushing, possibly of horn. Seven brass keys. SATK. Wing joint 590 mm (in two sections); butt joint 763 mm; long joint 600 mm; bell joint 323 mm; height; 1686 mm. Board of Trustees, 1982.

Lit.:  "Behind the Scenes . . .  The Art of the Conservator," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. IX, No. 4 (July 1982), p. 3.

André P. Larson, Beethoven: Musical Treasures from The Age of Revolution and Romance, with essays by John Eliot Gardner, William Meredith, and Gerhard Stradner, exhibition catalog, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California, January 30-March 21, 1999 (Santa Ana: The Bowers Museum, 1999), p. 14.

André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), p. 51.

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Contrabassophon

NMM 2887. Contrabassophon by William G. Schultze, New York, ca. 1885. Engraved on nickel-silver plate on bell: Contra - Bassophon / erfunden u. Verfertigt / von / Wm G. Schultze / New York. Poplar, first joint of birch, all stained black. Seventeen nickel-plated brass keys. Height 1390 mm. Gift of James D. and Emaline Newton, Livingston Manor, New York, in memory of Maureen Reisner, Livingston Manor, 1981.

Lit.:  The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. IX, No. 3 (April 1982), p. 2.

The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. X, No. 1 (October 1982), p. 4.

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