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Recital Music publish a wealth of original works for double bass alongside a popular, accessible and growing range of transcriptions for bassists of all ages and abilities. Most transcriptions published by Recital Music are by David Heyes, who has a successful and proven track record when arranging for double bass.

Baroque Transcriptions consists of three well-known baroque melodies, arranged and recorded by the Czech virtuoso and teacher, Frantisek Posta (1919-1991), who was Principal Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for over 40 years. Professor Posta performed these arrangements throughout his career and was known for his beautiful sound, perfect intonation and supreme musicality.

Audience friendly, all three demonstrate the lyrical and sonorous possibilities of the solo double bass. The accompaniments are simple and effective and the edition includes accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.

Bach's 'Air on a G string' has been arranged for almost every instrument and instrumental combination and this tasteful and effective transcription offers a range of musical and technical challenges and the opportunity to demonstrate the cantabile qualities of the double bass.

Handel's Largo needs no introduction and is a beautiful and lyrical solo line set against a simple chordal accompaniment. The opening aria in Handel's opera 'Xerxes', the singing and cantabile qualities of the solo double bass are demonstrated throughout.

Nina (Tre Giorni) by Pergolesi has a beautiful melody against a simple rocking accompaniment. Also operatic in character, there are many opportunities for the bassist to demonstrate more than simply a technical command of the instrument.

Recorded by Frantisek Posta, they offer effective lyrical solos which would be suitable for any concert or occasion.

Newly typset in 2011, these wonderfully evocative and accessible pieces would be suitable for any concert or occasion. Enjoy!

Performance Level: 8; Advanced.


  • Air from Suite No. 3
  • Largo from Xerxes
  • Aria (Tre Giorni)

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Cat No. RM005
Price £11.00
ComposersJohann Sebastian Bach
George Frideric Handel
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
EditorFrantisek Posta
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-005-3
EAN-13 9790570450053
Weight 100 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 2 in stock
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