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Two Concert Pieces

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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.

Jan [Johann] Geissel was a Czech double bassist, teacher and composer. He was born in Pardubice in 1859 and studied double bass at Prague Conservatoire with Josef Sládek from 1873-76 and with Vendelin Sládek from 1876-79. He spent much of his life in Strasburg (Germany) and taught at Strasburg Conservatoire also played in the opera orchestra, and died in the city in 1919.

Jan Geissel composed a number of works for double bass including a Concerto Op.32, many short incidental pieces and a Concertstück Op.24 which was dedicated to František [Franz] Simandl and was published in 1903 by C.F. Schmidt, Heilbronn. His music is well written for the double bass, utilising the entire solo register by exploring and demonstrating the technical prowess and lyrical qualities of the instrument.

This edition includes accompaniments for both solo and orchestral accompaniments.

Elegie (op.39, No.1) is lyrical and sonorous, contrasting a middle section which has more momentum and energy, before the original theme returns, with its simple but supportive chordal accompaniment. The music is traditional and accessible, typical of much salon music from the end of the 19th-century and exploits the singing qualities of the double bass.

Concert-Landler (Op.39, No.2) is full of character and style. The different sections, and inventive accompaniments, create interest and momentum, allowing the double bass to play waltz-like melodies and rhythms in the outer sections and sonorous phrases in between.


  • 1. Elegie
  • 2. Concert-Landler

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Cat No. RM1032
Supplier Code RM1032
Price £10.00
ComposerJan Geissel
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
Weight 132 grams
Published 18th July 2019
Availability 2 in stock
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RM1033  Konzertstuck Op.24