Andante and Rondo Ungarese for Bassoon and Orchestra

By Carl Maria von Weber
Composed in 1809

Carl Maria von Weber was one of the pioneers, if not the preeminent pioneer, of German Romanticism in music.

The Andante and Rondo Ungarese (Hungarian Rondo) was originally written, in 1809, for viola solo and orchestra. Von Weber later re-worked the piece for bassoon solo (1813), upon request of Georg Friedrich Brandt, bassoonist of the Munich Orchestra. The Andante is a set of short variations. The rondo marks one of the early points of Germanic fascination with things Hungarian in its rollicking melody and dance-like character. Later well-known examples of this fashion are Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and the finale of his violin concerto.