Ludwig Milde’s Three Easy Pieces. Terry B. Ewell provides practice and performance suggestions for this collection of compositions for the young bassoonist. Performances by Terry B. Ewell, bassoon and Elaine Ross, piano. BDP # 312,

Hello, I am Terry Ewell. Welcome to this video on three delightful little compositions for the young bassoonist by Ludwig Milde. Now, Milde is most famous for his Concert Studies, opus 26, which are really for quite advanced players. These studies, however, compositions are for the young bassoonist quite demanding and explore some wonderful lyrical aspects of the instrument.

The different rhythmic subdivisions in the first piece can be a bit difficult. Students should begin by practicing the different subdivisions with a metronome. Here is a useful exercise practicing divisions of two and three.

[music video example tempo 60]

Once the slower speeds have been mastered, faster speeds need to be done.

[music video examples 80, 100, 116]

Then work for half note groupings with groups of four and six, as needed for the composition.

[music video, example, half note=58]

The end result should be fluid and very romantic in expression.

[music: 1st Piece, beginning]

Most musical gestures in the Three Easy Pieces should express the four-measure phrasing. Each phrase features a crescendo and diminuendo. The placement of the climax, however, will depend upon the music. I like to move the first phrase to the appoggiatura in measure four. The second phrase follows the contour of the higher and lower notes.

[music: 2nd Piece, beginning]

The range of the three compositions extend to F#4 and G4.

If you need to consult a fingering chart for these notes, please see my publication on

Here is a performance of the ending of the last piece, which features these higher notes.

[music: 3rd Piece, ending]