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Four Portraits for Marina P.

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Bernard Salles writes: "After I started writing a collection of 'portraits' of my double bassist friends, Marina Pacowski, an old friend and wonderful pianist and musician, who is used to accompanying some of the world's greatest double bass players in workshops and festivals around the world, asked if I could 'paint' her.

After having reflected for some time, and having spoken to Maria about it, I decided that she deserved not one but several portraits which would show the different facets of her personality, and where for once the piano, and not the double bass, would be the dominant voice. Marina wished for a piece for two double basses and piano, and it is true that the repertoire for this formation is rare."

The edition includes bass parts in orchestral tuning and also a part in solo tuning for Bass 1.

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. Rêveuse (Pensive)
  • 2. Revoltée (Rebellious)
  • 3. Romantique (Romantic)
  • 4. Radieuse (Radiant)

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Cat No. RM676
Supplier Code RM676
Price £16.50
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoryTwo Double Basses & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty levelAdvanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-676-5
EAN-13 9790570456765
Weight 155 grams
Published 7th July 2014
Availability 5 in stock
See also...
RM509  Portraits for Friends Book 1 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM524  Portraits for Friends Book 2 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM541  Portraits for Friends Book 3 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM654  Two for Dan (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM674  Portraits for Friends Book 4 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM675  Sonatina - In Memoriam Frantisek Posta (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)