Bassoon in Soundtracks

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These are some of our favorite soundtracks from movies and TV shows:

Movie Soundtracks

Never Cry Wolf (1983)

Never Cry Wolf (1983)

Never Cry Wolf

The ultimate bassoon sound track is from Never Cry Wolf. Get it, hear it! See below Movies where you’ll see a bassoon for more info.

The Martian

When the greenhouse blows out and the potatoes become frozen nuggets, the bassoon mourns Mark Watney’s loss.

Bourne Identity, Bourne Ultimatum, and Jason Bourne

The Bourne Identity movie has the bassoon lead in the opening theme music.

The clip Thinking of Marie features the bassoon for the entire scene in  Bourne Ultimatum.

Listen to Thinking of Marie

The latest movie in the series, Jason Bourne (2016), starts out with a lovely bassoon solo (38 seconds into the soundtrack). Listen to Jason Bourne soundtrack.

March of the Penguins

This movie features the fine bassoon work of Rose Corrigan, Los Angeles bassoonist. This is an interesting movie with a sparse soundtrack, so you are going to hear the bassoon well.

Ray Pizzi in the Soundtrack

Ray spent has spent his career in Hollywood working the studios

He can be heard on bassoon in the following:

  • Star Wars:

    He’s wailing up high in the Cantina Band in the very first Star Wars movie. Now that you know it’s a bassoon you’ll hear. The player in that band has a pretty strange looking space age bassoon. A doll is available of that dude.

  • Predator 2

    It’s a bassoon but Ray makes it sound so creepy you wouldn’t know what it is. Scary.

  • Fandango

    Ray gets a few quirky solo licks the theme music. These bring a smile to my face. Purely Pizzi.

Television Themes and Soundtracks

Rumpole

Here’s the theme from a long running English show.

Rumpole Theme

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

His TV theme was taken from Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette. For the 1959 season the theme was played by a bassoon octet (6 bassoons, 2 contrabassoons). The Bassoon Brothers have recorded the original octet version on the Captured CD. On the Wanted CD is a version for quartet with drums.

Alfred Hitchcock Hour

One episode features an hour long soundtrack of the bassoon octet version most likely in 1960. We are researching this. The show in question had Peter Fonda in the cast.

There are many other TV shows with good bassoon leads too! Let us know any your favorites. Contact us!

Bonanza

Season 4, Episode 26, Any Friend of Walter’s (11:37), Hoss Cartwright suffers indigestion. Here’s a great usage of comedic bassoon in a TV episode:

Watch now!

Gunsmoke

Season 18, Episode 15, Arizona Midnight (27:53) has an excellent contrabassoon solo to go along with its guest star, an elephant.

Season 12, Episode 3, The Jailer has multiple bassoons playing lowly, “gloom and doom” parts. Bette Davis and Bruce Dern guest star in this episode. Bette bites it in the end!

Darling Buds of May

zetajonesThis British sitcom uses the bassoon frequently in its soundtrack and was the breakout role for Catherine Zeta Jones…So CUTE! Season 1, episode 1 starts with a bassoon solo after the theme song. The bassoonist is a fine player and lots of solos throughout the whole series.

Mapp and Lucia

Another British sitcom whose many episodes feature the bassoon throughout the entire soundtrack.

Poirot

Death on the Nile features the bassoon (?)

Midsommer Murders

Foyle’s War – Season 8, Episode 2