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Pure Soap

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Pure Soap was written in 1989 as a companion piece to Real Cool [RM029] and makes a lyrical and cantabile contrast to it. This is a gentle and flowing waltz, written in a popular style and typical of the theme tunes used for TV dramas or 'soap operas' in the mid-1980s.

The melodic interest is mainly given to Bass 1, with strong and supportive lines and accompaniments from the other players. There is effective contrapuntal interplay between all four players, each making a valuable contribution to the whole. Ideal for the intermediate bass quartet, with one player happy to play in thumb position, but there is nothing here to challenge and much to enjoy!

Tony Osborne is known for his lively and jazzy music and this makes a beautiful and evocative contrast.


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. Recital Music is planning a major festival of Tony Osborne's music in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.
www.tony-osborne.com

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Cat No. RM152
Supplier Code RM152
Price £8.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-152-4
EAN-13 9790570451524
Weight 66 grams
Published 5th July 2010
Availability 11 in stock
See also...
RM014  Blues-Style & Ragtime (DOUBLE BASS TRIO)
RM022  The Can-Can