Famous Bassoonists in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1730-01-12 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, German bassoonist and composer, born in Barum, Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg (now Germany) (d. 1793)
  • 1740-02-15 Ernst Eichner, German composer and bassoonist, born in Arolsen (d. 1777)
  • 1754-12-09 Etienne Ozi, French composer and bassoonist, born in Nimes (d. 1813)
  • 1891-09-12 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1971)
  • 1912-02-16 Gwydion Brooke [Holbrooke], British bassoonist (Royal Philharmonic, 1946-1961), born in Kentford, Suffolk, England (d. 2005)
  • 1912-07-27 Vernon Elliott, British bassoonist and composer, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1918-08-26 Louis Stotijn, Dutch bassoonist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra)
  • 1925-08-06 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)

Deaths in Music

  • 1823-12-07 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, German bassoonist, dies at 79
  • 1970-01-17 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1971-02-21 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1996-10-12 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84
  • 2005-03-27 Gwydion Brooke [Holbrooke], British bassoonist (Royal Philharmonic, 1946-1961), dies at 93
  • 2013-12-17 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), dies at 88