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Pizzicato All-Sorts

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Composed in March 2009, these four graded pieces are typical of the lively, jazzy and accessible music from Tony Osborne. Played pizzicato throughout, they offer new and exciting repertoire for the intermediate bassist and would be suitable for any concert or occasion. Each piece has its own strong personality and character, and the independent piano accompaniments provide music full of fun and energy. Ideal for Grade 5-8 bassists and for the progressing bassist who enjoyed the jazzy challenges and music in Junior Jazz Book 1.

No.1 Faster Than You think has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Intermediate Certificate repertoire list by Trinity-Guildhall Exams and for Level 5 by MTB Exams (www.mtbexams.com)

Mixed Feelings has been selected for Level 7 by MTB Exams.

Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.

Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.

In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999. Recital Music is planning a major festival of Tony Osborne's music in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.


  • 1. Faster Than You Think!
  • 2. Mixed Feelings
  • 3. Sounds Like Fun!
  • 4. Are We There Yet?

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Cat No. RM420
Price £11.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level5 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-420-4
EAN-13 9790570454204
Weight 82 grams
Published 15th March 2009
Availability 2 in stock
See also...
RM030  Aeolian Air (CELLO & PIANO)
RM037  Junior Jazz Book 1
RM081  Junior Jazz Book 2