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Schubert: Erlkonig for solo bassoon (Nester)

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Item Number: 52173
Publisher: T.D. Ellis


There has always been an aura of mystery and virtuosity surrounding the terrifyingly erotic 

poem by Goethe. Inspired by a feverish ride he took with his ward, and perhaps by a heated 

argument with the boy’s mother, Goethe tells the tale of how the evil Elf King tries to 

seduce a boy away from his father, and eventually takes him by force. 

It is said that Schubert, upon reading the poem, immediately conceived its musical setting, 

and composed the piece in one intense sitting.The piece was later arranged for various 

instruments, perhaps most famously by Franz Liszt for solo piano. 

In this arrangement, I have utilized the bassoon's propensity for intense articulation to 

convey the quintessential hallmark of Schubert’s musical setting: the unending triplets 

representing the galloping horse. The arrangement also utilizes the bassoon's large range 

to make the narrative voices distinct from one another.


Daniel Nester is an active bassoon player and pedagogue living in Colorado. He has played 

with many orchestras in Israel and the US, won competitions and recorded for the radio in 

both countries, and has collaborated on a number of commercially released CDs. Learn more 

about him (and hear him playing this arrangement) on his website: 

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