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Characteristic Pieces Book 2

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Slightly more challenging than Book 1 [RM189], these three pieces (Arabesque / Scherzo / Novelette) are lyrical, tonal and accessible with effective and supportive piano accompaniments. They are deal for the intermediate bassist venturing into thumb position, there are musical and technical challenges in equal measure and they offer useful study or concert repertoire in an accessible style and idiom.

Dedicated to M. Charpentier, Professor of Double Bass at the Paris Conservatoire at the beginning of the 20th-century, these miniatures offer interesting concert and study repertoire for any developing bassist.

French composer Rene Emile Ratez was born in Besancon on 5 November 1851 and died in Lille on 19 May 1934. He studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire with Francois Bazin (1816-1878) and Jules Massenet (1842-1912), and subsequently became a viola player in the orchestra of the Opera-Comique and conductor of the Choir at the Concerts du Chatelet.

In 1891 he left Paris for Lille when he was appointed Director of the Lille Conservatoire. His interest in education led to several published theoretical works including 'Traite de contrepoint et de fugue' (1902) and 'Traite d'harmonie theorique et pratique' (1908).

Emile Ratez was a fairly prolific composer, alongside his duties as Director of the Lille Conservatoire, writing pieces for piano, violin, oboe and french horn, songs and choral works, string quartets and five operas - Rase d'amour (1886), Lyderic (1895), Le Bateau ivre (c.1900), Paula (1904) and La Guivre (1925).

His other works for double bass are Six Characteristic Pieces for double bass and piano (RM189) and Theme, Variations et Fugue Op.35 for double bass and piano (RM0005PD).


  • 1. Arabesque
  • 2. Scherzo
  • 3. Novelette

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Cat No. RM190
Price £10.50
ComposerEmile Ratez
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-190-6
EAN-13 9790570451906
Weight 126 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 6 in stock
See also...
RM163  Pizzicato Pieces Book 2 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM189  Characteristic Pieces Book 1
RM547  Theme, Variations et Fugue