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Recitative & Chorale from Symphony No.9

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Recital Music publish a wealth of original works for double bass alongside a popular, accessible and growing range of transcriptions for bassists of all ages and abilities. Most transcriptions published by Recital Music are by David Heyes, who has a successful and proven track record when arranging for double bass.

Transcribed by Miloslav Gajdos, this is a masterly transcription of the opening of the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony for 6 double basses, including the glorious 'Ode to Joy' - a symbol of European unity. There are challenges in most parts, also playable by larger forces, and is great fun to study and perform.

The premiere in Brno was played by over 50 bassists, conducted by Miloslav Gajdos, and this is a must for conservatoires and bass conventions.

Miloslav Gajdos has written and transcribed many impressive and successful works for double bass ensembles and has the ability to write music which communicates instantly to performers and audiences alike.

Performance Level: Advanced


Miloslav Gajdos 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 Kriz, Jiri Bortlicek and Ludwig Streicher. He has been Professor of Double Bass at the Vejvenovsky Conseravtoire in Kromeriz (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 Kromeriz, and has been a juror at many competitions in Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Miloslav Gajdos 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 Gajdos 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.
[Gajdos is pronounced GUY-DOSH]

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Cat No. RM328
Price £15.00
ComposerLudwig van Beethoven
EditorMiloslav Gajdos
CategoryDouble Bass Sextet
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level6 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-328-3
EAN-13 9790570453283
Weight 133 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 5 in stock