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Douglas Mason writes: "The exhilarating sensation of a freefall through the air is musically represented by a number of features of this piece. The soaring melodic writing for the cello/double bass has a weightless quality and is presented above a strong bass line in the piano representing the solidity of the ground below. Constant energy is provided by the continuous movement in the piano right hand, the echo effect used providing a feeling of a vast open space. During the first section of the piece, the piano creates a sense of falling through a gradual descent in pitch and towards the end, the left hand increases in complexity as if features on the ground below are becoming more visible as the freefall nears its conclusion."

Freefall was premiered on 29 September 2013 at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) by Joe Prindl (double bass) and Gus Tredwell (piano).

Douglas Mason began his musical training as a chorister in Gloucester Cathedral Choir under John Sanders. He subsequently read music at Durham University, and went on to train as a music teacher at Leeds University, also singing professionally as a lay clerk in the Choir of Leeds Parish Church at this time.

As a composer, Douglas focuses on choral works in particular, and he has also written and arranged music for schools. As a performer Douglas has sung on numerous television and radio broadcasts and appeared on recordings for several labels, including Abbey, Priory and ASC records. For several years he was also a member of the William Byrd Singers directed by Stephen Wilkinson.

Cat No. RM658
Supplier Code RM658
Price £6.50
ComposerDouglas Mason
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-658-1
EAN-13 9790570456581
Weight 88 grams
Published 26th November 2013
Availability 9 in stock
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RM457  Circus Parade
RM507  Latin Dance
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RM659  Freefall (CELLO & PIANO)