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Blue Patches

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This is a bright and lively trio with jazz idioms and rhythms thrown in for good measure. Premiered at Bass-Fest 2001, it has much rhythmic and melodic invention, encapsulated within a classical form and framework, with striking challenges for any adventurous and open-minded trio.

"With strong hints of blues and jazz, I found this fun to play. Beautifully crafted, with great attention to detail, it was sad in places, cheeky in others, but by the end you couldn't help but smile." (Bass News)

Performance Level: Advanced


John Alexander was born in West Sussex in 1942 and began to compose at the age of 20. At the time he discovered a fascination for art, literature, dance, architecture and sculpture and these topics, along with mathematics, have continued to have a bearing on his work. He studied composition with Edmund Rubbra at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and later with Jonathan Harvey and Peter Wiegold at the University of Sussex.

John Alexander has never been a prolific composer, but an impressive and growing body of work reflects a rare eye for detail and structure - each work beautifully crafted and reworked until every inflection, detail and nuance is perfect. Probably best described as a miniaturist, he writes in a fluent, independent and strongly personal style with an intense desire to create music which communicates to both performer and audience alike.

In 1999 John Alexander won the 1st BIBF Composition Contest and was invited to be a judge for several BIBF competitions. He was a featured composer at Bass-Fest 2001, was an spnm short-listed composer for three years, and was Composer-in-residence at the 2004 Rotterdam Conservatoire Double Bass Weekend, Bass-Fest 2006 and 2007 Wells Double Bass Weekend. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the world and he was written an impressive and unique body of work for double bass.

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Cat No. RM143
Price £10.50
ComposerJohn Alexander
CategoryDouble Bass Trio
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-143-2
EAN-13 9790570451432
Weight 98 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 10 in stock
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