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Rondo Suite No.1

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Rondo Suite No.1 was composed in 2013 and offers musical and technical challenges in equal measure for the progressing young bassist. Each movement is short and succinct, with a string character and message to convey, and demonstrate many of the lyrical and rhythmic possibilities in the orchestral register of the instrument.

Rondo Suite No.1 was premiered by David Heyes at St Stephen's Church in Bristol on Monday 4 November 2013.

Armand Russell writes: "Rondo Suite No.1 consists of three movements with each movement in rondo form, The mood and spirit of each movement is reflected in its title which in English would be, in order, vigorous, nostalgic and scherzo-like.

The first movement (Rondo Vigoroso) is fast and in seven sections with the pattern ABACAB'A. The second movement (Rondo Nostalgico) is slow and in five sections with pattern ABACA. The final movement (Rondo Scherzando) is fast and uses the seven section version of rondo form, ABACAB'A. in both the first and last movements the returning B section is pitched higher than it had been in the first statement of that section."

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.


  • 1. Rondo Vigoroso
  • 2. Rondo Nostalgico
  • 3. Rondo Scherzando

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Cat No. RM678
Supplier Code RM678
Price £7.50
ComposerArmand Russell
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-678-9
EAN-13 9790570456789
Weight 88 grams
Published 10th December 2013
Availability 10 in stock
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RM679  Rondo Suite No.2