For several years, I became one of the biggest advocates for the use of the Tenor Bassoon or Tenoroon. I even went so far as to purchase one sight unseen from Guntram Wolf. To this effect, I began a series of compositions for the Tenor Bassoon.
For the life of me, I cannot remember what the circumstances were that led to composition of this quartet for Tenor Bassoon and three five-octave Marimbas. At the time, it was my most adventurous piece, and is still one of my only works to employ extended techniques (there are a few multiphonics in the Tenor Bassoon part). The work is extremely challenging for all four players.
In order to make the work more accessible, I have also included an alternative part for Bassoon.