Stephen Paulson: At Home Among The Reeds, Channeling a Lifetime of Experience
"The young Paulson did not set out to become a bassoonist—in fact, he wasn’t even sure what the instrument looked like. But when he was in seventh grade, his band director offered a bassoon to any clarinetist who could read the bass clef. Let’s all pause a moment and acknowledge the sly wisdom of that teacher, who made a large, ungainly, difficult instrument into a kind of prize to be won. Paulson, who had studied piano and therefore knew the bass clef, was duly awarded the instrument. 'When he opened the case and put it together,' he now recalls, 'I said ‘So that's what one of those looks like!’ I thought you had to stand on a ladder to play it.'" So began a lifelong fascination with the bassoon, and therefore, with the Mozart concerto, which he says 'stands at the heart of our solo repertoire.'"
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