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The Fizz @ 50 series

A series of fifty short pieces for double bass and piano from composers throughout the world, instigated by David Heyes to celebrate his 50th birthday. Each composer received a bottle of champagne (Fizz) as payment.

'Harlequinade' is a three movement suite for the intermediate bassist. Each piece has its own strong character and identity and offer immediately accessible contemporary music but within a modern but lyrical and enjoyable idiom.

Sadie Harrison writes: 'The Harlequinade was a popular theatrical spectacle developed in England during the 17th-century. Its story revolves around a comic incident in the lives of its five main characters.: Harlequin, who loves Columbine, her greedy father Pantaloon, who tries to separate the lovers in league with the mischievous Clown, and the servant Pierrot. The productions were full of slapstick, acrobatics, dancing and magical effects. These three miniatures draw on some key moments in the drama.

Sadie Harrison was born in Adelaide, Australia, moving to England in 1970 where she undertook composition studies with Nicola Lefanu gaining her Phd at Kings College, London. Sadie's music has been played internationally in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival hall, Barbican and Lithuanian National Philharmonic by some of the world's leading performers. Her music has been released to critical acclaim on Sargasso, BML, Metier, NMC and Clarinet Classics and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and in Eastern Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, America, Lithuania, the Netherlands and elsewehere.

Recent projects include works for the Edinburgh Fringe, ABRSM Spectrum series, a Violin Concerto for Rusne Mataityte, and a song cycle for Paul Carey-Jones, chamber music for Fiona Cross, Duncan Honeybourne, David Heyes, the Scottish Clarinet Quartet, and Peter Sheppard Skaerved for performance in 2012. Sadie's music is published by UYMP (University of York Music Press) and Recital Music.

'...rhythm and lyricism held in perfect balance.' (Gramophone)

'...a compelling, distinctive and passionate compositional voice.' (Tempo)

'...this is distinctive, pungent music that demands close attention.' (The Guardian)

'...a fluent, thoughtfully poetic language' (The Sunday Times)


  • 1. 'Here We Are Again!' (Clown)
  • 2. Pantaloon's Lament
  • 3. Harlequin's Dance for Columbine

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Cat No. RM506
Supplier Code RM506
Price £8.50
ComposerSadie Harrison
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesFizz @ 50
Difficulty level6 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-506-5
EAN-13 9790570455065
Weight 95 grams
Published 11th September 2012
Availability 1 in stock
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RM534  Flower of the Cherry: Robin's Lullaby
RM629  Theo's Lullaby (Version 2) (DOUBLE BASS DUET)
RM630  Two Movements from Harlequinade (DOUBLE BASS DUET)
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