Home   >   Departments   >   Sheet Music   >   Strings   >   Double Bass Quartet   >   Real Cool

Real Cool

Cover photograph
See larger image
Price £8.50

Best seller

Dating from the 1980s, this lively quartet is full of jazzy rhythms and influences.

"Real Cool is in exactly the same vein as All in a Day's Work. The jazzy melodic and rhythmic cliches are all here as well; showing that there's nothing wrong with a cliche when handled real cool." (Double Bassist)

"A light jazz inspired piece for bass quartet. Those familiar with jazz phrasing will understand immediately the effect that Mr Osborne is after." (ISB)

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.

Performance Level: 6;8

Details about Tony Osborne are available on the 'Biographies' page.

Samples available

Adobe PDF File

Get Adobe Reader

Cat No. RM029
Price £8.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-029-9
EAN-13 9790570450299
Weight 82 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 7 in stock
See also...
RM007  Ave Verum Corpus
RM014  Blues-Style & Ragtime (DOUBLE BASS TRIO)
RM022  The Can-Can
RM024  All in a Day's Work
RM035  The Pink Elephant
RM621  The Drums Must Never Stop! (A Salsa Encore)