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Dreams Can Come True

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Simon Garcia writes: "Gaelen MacCormick asked me to write a new piece to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the International Society of Bassists (ISB). The piece would be aimed at an ensemble of young bassists where all players of different ability levels could play together and should contain some well-known quote from the double bass repertoire. Thinking about the musicians who would play it I thought about using "The Elephant" by Camille Saint-Säens, a piece that even the young bassists would know.

I had written quotes in two previous works so for this special celebration I thought of writing an original work inspired by the Saint-Säens´s theme. After a mysterious introduction where nothing hints to the audience what they will hear, but little by little there appear elements of the Saint-Säens´s piece which become more evident and then I used fragments, in re-gradation and in different ways. The final result is a colourful work with different moods and both technical and musical challenges for the young players. In short, this is an up-to-date, personal and deconstructed vision of The Elephant, maybe similar to the one that Saint-Säens himself would have written if he had known the world of the double-bass of this 21st-century."

Bassist and composer Simon Garcia was born in Mugardos (Spain) in 1977 and graduated in double bass from the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He has worked as a double bassist in the Royal Orchestra of Galicia, having also performed in many orchestras throughout Spain, and is the bassist in the Symphony Wind Orchestra of A. Coruna. He has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and has recorded and performed on many commercial recordings and for television and radio broadcasts.

Simon Garcia has composed more than thirty works for double bass, ranging from two to six players, alongside transcriptions of these pieces for various chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, USA and UK by The Bass Gang, Bass Instinct and Il Quint-etto amongst others, and some of his music was used as teaching material in the 2011 ISB Year of Collaborative Music.

Simon Garcia's music is lively, jazzy and rhythmic with great forward momentum and drive. Accessible for players and audiences alike, he writes colourful music of distinction and energy, employing the entire range of the double bass.

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Cat No. RM969
Supplier Code RM969
Price £16.00
ComposerSimon Garcia
CategoriesDouble Bass Sextet
Double Bass Ensemble
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-969-8
EAN-13 9790570459698
Weight 183 grams
Published 10th January 2018
Availability 6 in stock