Undergraduate Research: Lydia Castro on the German Bassoon

Submitted by Michael Neininger on December 15, 2016 - 12:53 pm
Bassoonist Lydia Castro - German 447 research project

As a bassoonist, I find the history of my beloved instrument to be uniquely captivating. Upon further exploration, I found that one of the single most important individuals in my instrument’s history, Carl Almenräder was German. His workshop produced some of the very best bassoons, even to this day. Almenräder catapulted the bassoon into the modern era, with his technical improvements to the instrument. He collaborated and experimented, making a bassoon that was (and still is) infinitely more playable and reliable than what was available at the time. The link provided contains the sum of my research in the form of an annotated bibliography. I hope you’ll enjoy looking through it as much as I did compiling it.

Here is the link for my German 447 project about Carl Almenräder: