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Darby & Joan

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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.


Scored for Violin, Double Bass and String Orchestra (or quartet/quintet) - also playable by Flute, Bassoon and Strings.


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.


Darby and Joan has been long out of print until this new edition and is a novelty intermezzo in the romantic salon styles of the early part of the 20th century. The music is lyrical and melodic, with few technical challenges for the good intermediate player, and successfully partners the highest and lowest members of the string family. In one movement and full of lively music, this would be ideal for anyone who enjoyed playing Lotter's The Ragtime Bass Player.

Double Bass is on orchestral tuning.

Darby & Joan is also available with piano accompaniment (RM044).

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Cat No. RM300
Price £25.00
ComposerAdolf Lotter
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass And String Orchestra
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty level5 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-300-9
EAN-13 9790570453009
Weight 205 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 9 in stock
See also...
RM018  The Ragtime Bass Player (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM044  Darby & Joan for Violin, Double Bass and Piano (FLUTE, BASSOON & PIANO)
RM055  The Ragtime Bass Player (DOUBLE BASS & OTHER INSTRUMENTS)