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Festive Suite

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Festive Suite comprises three contrasting pieces. The outer movements abound with rhythmic energy, offering musical and technical challenges in equal measure, with a lyrical and sonorous middle movement which demonstrates the singing qualities of the double bass.

Miloslav Gajdoš has composed a wealth of music for double bass over the past fifty years and writes in a traditional and tonal style which offers music which is popular with players and audiences alike.

Miloslav Gajdoš is one of Europe's most active and inventive bassist-composers. He was born in northern Moravia in 1948 and initially learned violin before transferring to the double bass, studying with Alois Kříž, Jirí Bortlícek and Ludwig Streicher. He has been Professor of Double Bass at the Vejvanovský Conservatoire in Kroměříž (Czech Republic) since 1971, and was a member of the Olomouc Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. He is Director of the Gregora International Double Bass Competition, founded in 1979 and held every two years in Kroměříž, and has been a juror at many competitions in Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Miloslav Gajdoš is a prolific composer and arranger and, for almost 40 years, has produced a vast body of original works and transcriptions for double bass which are performed worldwide. His original works combine Czech lyricism and melody with brilliant technical demands, and music from one to sixteen double basses. He writes in a traditional and accessible style, producing music for every level of performer, particularly for the advanced bassist, and his many works for unaccompanied double bass are frequently chosen as international competition repertoire.

Miloslav Gajdoš was Recital Music's Featured Composer in 2007 and has recently revised a number of earlier works for the intermediate bassist which will be published by Recital Music.
[Gajdoš is pronounced GUY-DOSH]


  • 1. Fanfare & Sonnet
  • 2. Memorial (Tryzna)
  • 3. Hymnus

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Cat No. RM1144
Supplier Code RM1144
Price £11.00
ComposerMiloslav Gajdos
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 8, Advanced
Weight 163 grams
Published 21st May 2021
Availability 5 in stock
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