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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.

Cameos was composed in 2013, soon after the composer's 81st birthday, and is an engaging work of contrasts and styles and suitable for the advancing intermediate bassist. Primarily written in the orchestral register of the instrument, there are many opportunities to create and portray a wealth of colours and textures in the five contrasting sections which fit together beautifully to produce a work of great energy and invention.

Armand Russell writes: 'Cameos consists of a single movement divided into five contrasting sections which, although brief, are like separate pieces integrated into a single work.

Cameo 1 is energetic and uses an abundance of related but constantly shifting ideas with a cheerful mood. Cameo 2 is slow and starts with an expressive, slow theme followed by two variations with very different textures and treatment. Cameo 3 is moderate in pace and attempts to combine a smooth singing style with frequent use of large leaps in the melodic line. Cameo 4 turns toward a sorrowful mood with a chordal and harmonic emphasis using the first phrase of the traditional 'dies irae' (the wrath of God) theme found in the old requiem plainchant. Cameo 5 would seem to be a metaphorical flight from the wrath of God. It is a busy and flowing line that uses throughout a fleeting adaptation of the 'dies irae' theme in a musical chase.'

Cameos was premiered at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) on 29 September 2013 by Ben Groenevelt (Cameo 1), Richard Dunn (Cameo 2), David Heyes (Cameo 3), Joe Prindl (Cameo 4) and Jim Rintoul/Matthew Green (Cameo 5).

Armand Russell was born in Seattle, Washington in 1932. He received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Washington, with a major in music composition, and a Doctorate in music composition from the Eastman School of Music. He studied double bass with Leslie Martin, who played in the Seattle Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestras, and at the Eastman School of Music with Oscar Zimmerman. His composition studies were with John Verrall and George McKay at the University of Washington, and with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson at the Eastman School.

Professionally, Armand Russell played double bass in many orchestras including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Tour Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and Civic Orchestras, and Honolulu Symphony. For five years he taught as a visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music. From 1961 to 1994 he taught at the University of Hawaii Music Department and retired as Professor emeritus in 1994. While at the University of Hawaii he taught music theory, composition and double bass and also served as Chair of the Music Department for seven years.

Armand Russell has composed many works for double bass and also percussion, including solos, chamber music and concertos. Some of his most frequently performed works include Chaconne (Db/Pno), Buffo Set (Db/Pno), Harlequin Concerto (Db/Orch), Pas de Deux (Cl/Perc), Percussion Suite, Theme & Fantasia (Concert Band) and Suite Concertante (Tuba/Wind Quintet). He has also composed several works for choirs in recent years and has continued to write for the double bass alongside a growing body of chamber music and transcriptions.

Armand Russell's compositional style is confident and direct with a clarity of line and texture always to the fore. A modern, yet lyrical and accessible style, has created works which communicate equally to performers and audiences alike and he has made, and continues to make, a unique and valuable contribution to the double bass litereature throughout a long and successful career.

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Cat No. RM583
Supplier Code RM583
Price £7.50
ComposerArmand Russell
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesFizz @ 50
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-583-6
EAN-13 9790570455836
Weight 101 grams
Published 20th November 2013
Availability 16 in stock
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