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Why? is dedicated to the memory of the Romanian double bass virtuoso Ovidiu Badila, who died in March 2001 at the age of 39, and is an elegiac meditation for this great international soloist. There is a poignant sadness and passion behind the music almost asking the question "Why did he have to die?". The music develops and progresses from a simple pizzicato theme, ending suddenly and dramatically after an impassioned and heartfelt climax, passing through various moods, idioms and soundworlds along the way.

Why? was premiered on 6 April 2002 at Downe House School (Newbury, Berkshire), as part of Bass-Fest 2002, by Teppo Hauta-aho, David Heyes, Mette Hanskov and Peter Leerdam.

"...the piece begins with an introspective blues-like melody which is passed from voice to voice. The work moves through a variety of emotions, from tranquillity to sorrow to anger, and belongs amongst the best pieces written for this instrument combination." [Double Bassist]

"Why? was written in memory of the Romanian bass player Ovidiu Badila, and is a work of unusual poignancy for double bass quartet. Its beginning looks back to the melody used in Teppo's Two Dances, and as this material is developed it is, by turns, reflective, heartfelt and sad. There are some lovely harmonies and the closeness of the parts often creates an anguished tension. The impassioned climax, with its alternating chords, comes to an abrupt stop, leaving three silent bars of reflection. The upper parts are sometimes high and the work is advanced, but this quartet is worth exploring." [ESTA - News & Views]

Performance Level: Advanced

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw22N5bx5rk

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Cat No. RM209
Price £12.50
ComposerTeppo Hauta-aho
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-209-5
EAN-13 9790570452095
Weight 186 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 7 in stock
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