Friday, April 27, 2012

The Wolf/HKICW, c.1700

This post is the fifth in a series under the tag "Baroque Bassoon". Click here to see all of the posts under this tag.

Wolf/HKICW a415
Photo courtesy of
Hayley Pullen
A widely popular instrument, the HKICW is in use by most North American bassoonists. The original, a typical  'fancy table leg' design of late 17th century bassoons, survives in only three parts: the boot, the bell, and the long joint.  Found in former East Germany by William Waterhouse, the instrument was copied by Guntram Wolf Holsblasinstrumente in Kronach. The copy features a wing joint and bocal designed by Mr. Wolf which settles the instrument at a415. There is also an a392 version.

Unlike most baroque bassoon workshops, the Wolf shop keeps a continuous production of the instrument, almost eliminating wait times on orders. *2013: It should be noted that Guntram Wolf has, sadly, passed away. However, his factory continues to produce the instrument.

The recording below is of American bassoonist Dominic Teresi performing a concerto by fasch for two oboes and bassoon with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Stay tuned for the next instrument, a copy by Peter de Koningh of an instrument by J.H. Eichentopf.

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