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All in a Day's Work

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The first BIBF commission in 1994, this jazzy work has quickly achieved 'standard repertoire' status. The three movements explore a range of jazz moods and idioms, with much player and audience appeal.

Tony Osborne is one of the most prolific and important composers writing for the double bass today. His jazzy and rhythmic music is popular with players of all ages and abilities and he has written music for every level of performer, from complete beginner to virtuoso. Recital Music is Tony Osborne's principal publisher.

Tony Osborne writes: 'All in a Day's Work depicts three contrasting moods in a busy day. Each movement draws on elements of serious music, jazz and rock, and presents exciting rhythmic and expressive challenges. Kick Start is smart, businesslike and direct. It is about dealing with situations confidently, making decisions, and getting to appointments on time. The second movement, Free Time, is a time for reflection, peace and unwinding, thinking of others and about a break from routine or a holiday. Rush Hour, the last movement, is a depiction of last minute developments or changes, and then the journey home.'

Kick-Start was premiered in September 1994 during a workshop at Farnham Maltings (Surrey) and the entire quartet was premiered at the Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff the following year.

"All in a Day's Work is what bass quartet is all about: quick, jazzy, enough rhythmic interest to keep you counting accurately and it's playable. It's good fun to play." (Double Bassist)

"All in a Day's Work is an exciting new piece to add to the growing body of literature, and definitely worthy of a reading. My own students recently formed a bass quartet ensemble at Miami University, and were very excited about performing this piece after our first reading. It has an immediate accessibility and energy that is contagious among the players, as well as for the audience - always a beautiful combination. The music is a challenge, but not too difficult for a college ensemble to have fun with and give a successful performance." (ISB)

Performance Level: 6;8

Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.

Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.

In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999.

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Cat No. RM024
Price £15.00
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-024-4
EAN-13 9790570450244
Weight 192 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 2 in stock
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