Morton Gould's Diversions for Bassoon and Orchestra. Reduction for Bassoon and Piano.
'The program notes for Diversions are contained in the descriptive titles of the movements: I. Recitatives and Preludes; II. Serenades and Airs: III. Rags and Waltzes: IV. Ballads and Lovenotes; V. Quicksteps and Trios. The virtuosic demands on the soloist are tantamount to those of a concerto. Because of the nature and texture of the movements I prefer the less formalistic title, Diversions. Originally written for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra, this is an alternate version for Bassoon'. - Morton Gould
Diversions was commissioned by Carillon Importers, Ltd. on behalf of ABSOLUT Vodka, with additional participation by R. Philip Hanes, Jr., the Phoenix, Akron, Winston-Salem Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, New Hampshire Music Festival, NCNB, and the Preyer Foundation.
The premier took place on November 28, 1990, at Avery Fisher Hall, New York, with the American Symphony Orchestra, James Houlik, Saxophone, Morton Gould, Conductor.