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Two Eighteenth-Century Arias

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Recital Music publish a wealth of original works for double bass alongside a popular, accessible and growing range of transcriptions for bassists of all ages and abilities. Most transcriptions published by Recital Music are by David Heyes, who has a successful and proven track record when arranging for double bass.

These two bass arias by G.F. Handel have been newly arranged for double bass by David Heyes. Each offers a range of musical and technical challenges for the good intermediate bassist, with lively and evocative accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.

Revenge, Timotheus Cries is from 'Alexander's Feast' and is a lively and energetic aria in C major. Abounding in scale and arpeggio figures, it makes use of low thumb position, also using the lower register to good effect, and would make an accessible recital or study piece for any bassist of about Grade 8 standard.

Behold the Monstrous Beast is taken from 'Belshazzar' and a heroic and dramatic approach will produce a convincing and successful performance. There are technical challenges in the orchestral range of the double bass, going no higher than low thumb position, and would make a useful recital or study piece for any bassist of about Grade 8 standard.

Neither piece is too difficult for any adventurous bassist who has some technical skills on the G string and into low thumb position. The arias transcribe well for double bass and are a useful addition to the transcription repertoire.

This edition includes piano accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.


  • 1. Revenge, Timotheus Cries
  • 2. Behold the Monstrous Beast

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Cat No. RM685
Supplier Code RM685
Price £8.50
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel
ArrangerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-685-7
EAN-13 9790570456857
Weight 101 grams
Published 29th December 2013
Availability 5 in stock