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The Ragtime Bass Player

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The Heritage Series series

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.


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Adolf Lotter was born in Prague on 4 December 1871 and studied double bass with Frantisek Cerny, and composition with Antonin Dvorak, at the Prague Conservatoire. He lived in London from 1894, until his death in 1942, and quickly established himself as one of the leading bassists of his generation, performing with many of the famous conductors of the day including Sir Henry Wood, Richard Strauss, Weingartner and Sir Thomas Beecham. Lotter was a member of the Queen's Hall Orchestra for over thirty years (1898-1930), becoming Principal Bass in 1911, and also played with the London Symphony Orchestra, London String Players, Guildford Symphony Orchestra and Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra (1935-36).

In 1899 Lotter was appointed Musical Adviser and Editor by Hawkes & Son (London), who published many of his orchestral works and arrangements for the next forty years. He composed and arranged over seventy works for orchestra, military band, string orchestra or piano, mainly in a light and popular style.


The Ragtime Bass Player was first published in 1913, at the height of the ragtime craze, and is a lively and rhythmic solo for the intermediate player. A supportive piano accompaniment adds to the enjoyment and this has been very popular since it was first published by Recital Music.

Also available in editions for double bass quartet, double bass and string quartet and double bass and piano. Ideal for the intermediate bassist who is confident in the lower orchestral range of the instrument.

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Cat No. RM055
Supplier Code RM018A
Price £10.50
ComposerAdolf Lotter
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Other Instruments
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty level6 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-055-8
EAN-13 9790570450558
Weight 70 grams
Published 11th August 2008
Availability 6 in stock
See also...
RM018  The Ragtime Bass Player (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM020  The Ragtime Bass Player (DOUBLE BASS QUARTET)
RM044  Darby & Joan for Violin, Double Bass and Piano (FLUTE, BASSOON & PIANO)
RM300  Darby & Joan (DOUBLE BASS AND STRING ORCHESTRA)