This duet for bassoon and squeaky chair is just hilarious

3 April 2019, 17:34

This bassoonist was getting frustrated with the solo from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, so he fidgeted around on his chair… and a hilarious duet was born.

Bassoonist Zach Elmore from Kent State University in Ohio decided to learn the solo from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – but he was struggling.

Here’s the actual bassoon solo, for context:


It’s melancholy and lovely. But, frustrated with his intonation, Zach gave the solo a new 2017-style twist by combining it with the sounds of his chair squeaking on the practice room floor. The worrying thing is that once you’ve heard the squeaky chair version, it’s sort of hard to go back to Tchaikovsky’s original (soz, Pyotr).

Here’s another piece for squeaky chair, this time accompanied by a French horn: