Munich bassoonist Felix Reiner by Peter Jacob Horemans (1774)

Munich bassoonist Felix Reiner by Peter Jacob Horemans (1774)

A 1774 portrait of Munich bassoonist Felix Reiner by Peter Jacob Horemans (October 26, 1700 – August 3, 1776) the Flemish painter of genre scenes, portraits, conversation pieces, still lifes and city views. When Mozart wrote his Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191/186e, the bassoon was just beginning the gradual process of redesign that would turn it from the four-keyed instrument that reigned through most of the eighteenth century into the far more adaptable, mechanically advanced instrument of today. By the mid-1760s, some bassoons began to sport a couple of extra keys to stabilize the production of low notes and certain chromatic pitches. The above portrait of Felix Reiner painted in 1774, the same year which Mozart wrote his bassoon concerto, offers the earliest documentation of a pinhole in the instrument’s crook (or “bocal,” the curved metal tube that connects the reed to the main body of the instrument), which would have helped the player negotiate octave leaps.

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