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The history of the double bass features many player-composers who created a wealth of music for bassists of all abilities. Recital Music publish a wide and eclectic range of music by these important figures from the history of the instrument, particularly from the 19th and early 20th-centuries, and more works are in preparation. Some names are well known today, others almost forgotten, but each made a valuable contribution to the repertoire of the double bass and helped create a unqiue repertoire which deserves to be performed.

The printed edition of Bottesini's Elegia is out of print but a new edition will soon be available to purchase from Double Bass Blog Publications (https://dbbpublications.gumroad.com/?sort=newest&tags=david%20heyes).

Elegia was first published in Bottesini's Method for Double Bass to illustrate the lyrical capabilities of the instrument, and was rumoured to be the composer's favourite work. It has been recorded more than any other work by Bottesini and is his most attractive piece for bass. This is ideal for any bassist of about Grade 8+ level who is interested to learn about the entire range of the double bass and it has proved very popular with adventurous young bassists. An ideal 'easy' virtuoso work for students who are venturing into the higher reaches of the instrument.

"Here is an excellent edition of a staple of our solo repertoire." (ISB)

The edition is published with piano accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings and also includes two bass parts - edited by Frantisek Posta and David Heyes.

Also available in editions for double bass and string orchestra [RM251 - Solo tuning / RM252 - Orchestral tuning] which are also playable with string quartet or quintet accompaniment.

Elegia has been selected for inclusion on the 2010 Advanced Certificate repertoire list by Trinity-Guildhall Exams.
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"How he bewildered us by playing all sorts of melodies in flute like harmonics, as though he had a hundred nightingales caged in his double bass... I never wearied of his consummate grace and finish, his fatal precision, his heavenly tone, his fine taste. One sometimes yearned for a touch of human imperfection, but he was like a dead shot; he never missed what he aimed at, and he never aimed at less than perfection." [H.Haweis, 1888]

Giovanni Bottesini was called the 'Paganini of the Double Bass' and was the finest double bass soloist of the 19th-century. He was born in Crema (Lombardy) on 24 December 1821 and studied at the double bass at the Milan Conservatoire with Luigi Rossi, alongside harmony and composition with Nicola Vaccai (1790-1848) and Francesco Basili (1767-1850). His remarkable career as a soloist began in 1839 and lasted fifty years, taking him to every corner of the world. From Italy, his travels took him to Cuba (1846), USA (1847), England (annually from 1849), Egypt, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Monte carlo and many other countries throughout a long and distinguished career.

Bottesini was also famous as a composer writing at least 13 operas (Cristoforo Colombo, 1847 / Il diavolo della notte, 1856 / Ali Baba, 1871 / Ero e Leandro, 1879), a Messa da Requiem (1880) and an oratorio, The Garden of Olivet (1887 - first performed at the Norwich Festival), works for orchestra, 11 string quartets, string quintets, songs and many virtuoso works for double bass. As a conductor he is remembered primarily for directing the first performance of Verdi's Aida in Cairo in 1871, but was also a repsected composer of Italian opera, including seasons in Mexico, Paris, Palermo, Barcelona, London, Buenos Aires and Parma.

Bottesini's music for double bass is still at the heart of the solo repertoire into the 21st-century, even though his orchestral and operatic music has generally fallen from favour, but his Elegia for double bass and piano is one of the most recorded works of the 20th-century.

Giovanni Bottesini died in Parma on 7 July 1889.

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Cat No. RM008
Price £9.25
ComposerGiovanni Bottesini
EditorsDavid Heyes
Frantisek Posta
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-008-4
EAN-13 9790570450084
Weight 68 grams
Published 1st April 2000
Availability NOT IN STOCK. Sorry for delay!
Available in approx. 7—12 days.
See also...
RM005  Baroque Transcriptions
RM015  Romance de L'Elisir d'Amore
RM041  Reverie
RM069  Pieni Elegia (A Little Elegy)
RM214  Rêverie - Solo Tuning edition (DOUBLE BASS AND STRING ORCHESTRA)
RM215  Rêverie - Orchestral Tuning edition (DOUBLE BASS AND STRING ORCHESTRA)
RM252  Elegia (Orchestral Tuning) (DOUBLE BASS AND STRING ORCHESTRA)
RM573  Arias
RM936  Elegy No.2 (Romanza Drammatica)