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Could this be the greatest bassoon line outside of the classical repertoire?
Forget Prokofiev, the most famous bassoon line does not characterise a lumbering grandfather - it’s in one of Smokey Robinson’s greatest songs. Just listen to the chops on this:
Fortunately for anyone wanting to play this peach of a line, a YouTuber has transcribed it:
And Smokey himself doesn’t just love the bassoon, he loves Pagliacci - apparently it was the main inspiration behind the song’s character: