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Common Ground

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Three impressive and advanced works [Northern Light / Postcard from Tanglewood / Freeplay] from one of the most impressive and inventive British composers writing for the instrument today. Each work offers musical and technical challenges within a lyrical yet contemporary framework. These are new exciting and innovative works for the adventurous bassist wishing to demonstrate more than simply technique.

Performance Level: Advanced

"Common Ground is a set of three programmatic pieces - essentially miniatures - for unaccompanied double bass. They are advanced, use the whole range of the instrument and require a not insubstantial interpretative element to achieve a convincing performance. The programme is given, and I can well imagine the printed scenario being read to the audience before the performance, though this isn't specified as a requirement by the composer. There are harmonics, double stops, slides of several kinds, plus some low double stops which I an not entirely convinced about, and some tricky widely spaced ones too, but overall these are nicely characterised, pointillistic pieces." (ESTA - News & Views)

Details about John Alexander are available on the 'Biographies' page.


  • Free play
  • Northern light
  • Postcard from Tanglewood

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Cat No. RM195
Supplier Code RM195
Price £10.00
ComposerJohn Alexander
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty levelAdvanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-195-1
EAN-13 9790570451951
Weight 66 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 9 in stock
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