The Lowest (of the Low) Double Reeds




Developing out of earlier predecessors, the bassoon and contrabassoon provide the foundation of Baroque and Classical ensemble music.  Whereas the contra adds notes nearing the very bottom of human hearing and is used for particularly grave or grand situations, the bassoon is a regular feature of the Baroque continuo section. In this Perspective Keith Collins explains the instruments' origins, design, and highlights a few works in which they play key roles.






C. Keith Collins plays curtal, baroque and classical bassoon, shawm, recorder, and harp. He is faculty at the IU Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute and at the University of North Texas.  He has performed with many period orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Apollo's Fire, Folger Consort, Tafelmusik, San Diego Bach Collegium, and Grammy-nominated Musik Ekklesia. He is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Lipzodes, which specializes in the music of colonial Latin America. Keith studied at Berry College and Indiana University. His D.M. is the first doctorate ever awarded in historical bassoon performance. 





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