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Sonatina - In Memoriam Frantisek Posta

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The Frantisek Posta Heritage Series series

Frantisek Posta (1919-1991) was Principal Double Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 40 years and was the leading Czech bassist of his generation. He was much admired and revered around the world and commissioned and transcribed many works for double bass.

Bernard Salles writes: "I only met Frantisek Posta once. It was in 1982 on the Isle of Man, during the 2nd International Double Bass Festival. He gave an absolutely magnificent recital and showed great musicianship.

During his master class, I had the impression that I was watching my former teacher, Jacques Cazauran, giving a lesson - he had the same technical demands and the same way of approaching music. What great artists, both of them!

When David Heyes wanted to pay homage to this great musician, I naturally wished to participate and composed this piece in his memory. The Sonatina is written in two contrasting movements. The first, 'Lamentatio' (Lament), is constructed almost as an improvised plainchant, unfolding over a single pedal note which is played ad libitum. The second movement, 'Souvenirs' (Memories), chases away the nostalgic atmosphere of the first. It has a joyful rhythm, and contains a reference to Posta's native country with a small quotation from 'The Bartered Bride' by Smetana, one of the Czech Republic's most famous composers."

Sonatina - In Memoriam Frantisek Posta was premiered by David Heyes at St Michael's Church, Teignmouth (Devon) on 8 March 2014.

Sonatina - In Memoriam Frantisek Posta was recorded by David Heyes on the CD 'Postcards from Prague' for PrimaFACIE records (PFCD040), released on 2 March 2016 and available on Amazon, itunes and spotify on 10 May 2016. Copies of the CD are available from doublebass@tiscali.co.uk

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.

See http://ascrecords.com/primafacie/postcards_from_prague.html

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Cat No. RM675
Supplier Code RM675
Price £7.50
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesFrantisek Posta Heritage Series
Difficulty levelAdvanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-675-8
EAN-13 9790570456758
Weight 155 grams
Published 21st March 2014
Availability 13 in stock
See also...
RM004  Humoreska a la Mazurka / Czech Polka
RM509  Portraits for Friends Book 1
RM674  Portraits for Friends Book 4
RM676  Four Portraits for Marina P. (TWO DOUBLE BASSES & PIANO)
RM705  The Transience of Life (In Memoriam Frantisek Posta)
RM720  Tribute to Edouard Nanny
RM974  A Little Suite for Frantisek Posta