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John Alexander continues to make an important contribution to the double bass repertoire. Bass-Cleft has much rhythmic momentum and drive, allied to musical and technical challenges, and is an extended one-movement work full of contrasts and moods.

Since winning the 1999 BIBF Composition Competition, John Alexander has composed many works for double bass - beginner to virtuoso - in a strongly individual and independent voice. His works have been performed throughout the world and Recital Music is his main publisher.

John Alexander was born in West Sussex in 1942 and began to compose at the age of 20. At the time he discovered a fascination for art, literature, dance, architecture and sculpture and these topics, along with mathematics, have continued to have a bearing on his work. He studied composition with Edmund Rubbra at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and later with Jonathan Harvey and Peter Wiegold at the University of Sussex.

John Alexander has never been a prolific composer, but an impressive and growing body of work reflects a rare eye for detail and structure - each work beautifully crafted and reworked until every inflection, detail and nuance is perfect. Probably best described as a miniaturist, he writes in a fluent, independent and strongly personal style with an intense desire to create music which communicates to both performer and audience alike.

In 1999 John Alexander won the 1st BIBF Composition Contest and was invited to be a judge for several BIBF competitions. He was a featured composer at Bass-Fest 2001, was an spnm short-listed composer for three years, and was Composer-in-residence at the 2004 Rotterdam Conservatoire Double Bass Weekend, Bass-Fest 2006 and 2007 Wells Double Bass Weekend. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the world and he was written an impressive and unique body of work for double bass.

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Cat No. RM240
Price £10.50
ComposerJohn Alexander
CategoryDouble Bass Duet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-240-8
EAN-13 9790570452408
Weight 94 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 9 in stock
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RM789  Sonata in the Viennese Style
RM1103  Bodega Set


Bass-Cleft, its title alluding both to splitting and cleaving together, is a work of great spirit and drive...Mainly in the orchestral tessitura, the upper reaches are also explored. The piece is tonal, rhythmic and full of interest. It's a breath of fresh air in the duet repertoire.

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