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Two's Company

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Two's Company brings together an exciting and inventive collection of twelve double bass duets, eight composed in April 2013 and four written previously. Ranging from Grade 1 (1st position) to post Grade 8, these are ideal for two students, or a student and teacher, and the range of musical styles and idioms should offer something for most tastes.

Each duet combines musical and technical skills in tandem, would also be useful for ensemble or sight-reading use as well are recital repertoire, and are typical of Tony Osborne's lively, jazzy and rhythmic compositional style.

The later duets are longer and more technically challenging and are aimed at the progressing intermediate bassist or college student.

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 held a concert 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. Jumping Beans
  • 2. Hopscotch
  • 3. Sea Song
  • 4. Landler
  • 5. Cup Final
  • 6. On Parade!
  • 7. Scattering Goodness
  • 8. Getting Around
  • 9. The Reel Deal!
  • 10. Romantic Dream
  • 11. Contra-punkt
  • 12. Bach 'in time'

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Cat No. RM600
Supplier Code RM600
Price £12.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Duet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level1 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-600-0
EAN-13 9790570456000
Weight 152 grams
Published 21st June 2013
Availability NOT IN STOCK. Sorry for delay!
Available in approx. 7—12 days.
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