A legendary bassoon dies at 97RIP
The vastly influential bassoonist Mordechai Rechtman died yesterday in a Tel Aviv hospital at an advanced age.
A child refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Rechtman was principal bassoon of the Israel Philharmonic from 1946 to 1991. He was part of a chamber ensemble that played the national anthem at the Declaration of Independence in 1948.
As professor at Tel Aviv, the University of Indiana and elsewhere, he taught many of leading performers on his instrument. He also made numerous arrangements for it.