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Bass-Chase is a fun and rhythmic work for bass octet, offering musical and technical challenges throughout the range of the double bass. Composed in 1997, alongside Blue Sunday and Waltz-in-Swing, it was premiered at London's Purcell Room by an international line-up of bassists.

There are musical and technical challenges for the higher parts, but each player makes a valuable and important contribution to the piece. It would be ideal for a youth orchestra bass section looking for something a little different, or a college or university bass department who are exploring the bass ensemble repertoire.

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.

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Cat No. RM490
Supplier Code RM490
Price £15.00
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Octet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-490-7
EAN-13 9790570454907
Weight 168 grams
Published 8th March 2012
Availability 4 in stock
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RM048  Blue Sunday
RM179  Waltz 'In Swing'
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RM592  Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring