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Portraits for Friends Book 1

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Bernard Salles writes: 'The art of musical portraiture (portraits) is an old French tradition which dates to the era of Louis XIV, with Rameau, Couperin et al. These portraits are written for my double bass playing friends. As I met each friend, I wrote a small piece for him; each one is a sort of snapshot, a character photograph, illustrating how I sensed that person at a particular moment in time. It is a way of thanking them, both as people and musicians. Of course, these collections are not limited but remain open for my future double bass playing friends...'

'Dan Styffe' and 'Thierry Barbe' have been recorded on Secret Memories (SIMAX PSC1324) by Dan Styffe (double bass).

Bernard Salles was born in 1954 and began his musical education in his home town of Perpignan (France) where he studied double bass, organ, composition and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire. In 1973 he want to the Conservatoire of Versailles and in 1976, at the age of 22, he was awarded a double bass teaching diploma. Since then he has taught at the Conservatoire of Pau (South-west France) and played with many major French orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris and the National Orchestra of France, under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Metha and Lorin Maazel.

In 1983 he began a parallel career as a conductor and was Music Director of the Orchestra of Pau from 1996-2001. He has directed the Orchestra of Pamplona (Spain) and is currently Music Director of the OSSO (Orchestre Symphonique du Sud-Ouest).

As a composer and member of SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Editors of Music), he has written over 30 works including two symphonies, a cantata, a psalm for bass and orchestra, a concerto for double bass and small orchestra, Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, Triptych for orchestra, Prelude for cello and orchestra, a symphonic poem for soprano, cello and orchestra, as well as works for chamber groups, and for choir and organ. His pedagogic works are published by G.Billaudot in Paris and his works for double bass are published by Recital Music (England).

In 2010 he began a series of short pieces for unaccompanied double bass - Portraits for Friends - dedicated to his double bass playing friends.


  • 1. Dan Styffe
  • 2. Jeffery Bradetich
  • 3. Thierry Barbe
  • 4. Catalin Rotaru
  • 5. Giuseppe Ettorre
  • 6. Alberto Bocini
  • 7. Wolfgang Guttler

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Cat No. RM509
Supplier Code RM509
Price £10.50
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-509-6
EAN-13 9790570455096
Weight 99 grams
Published 23rd July 2012
Availability 11 in stock
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