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Firefly is a work of great energy and attitude pitting the two solo double bassists against a strong and driving piano accompaniment, with musical and technical challenges in equal measure. The influence of jazz and contemporary styles are evident throughout, with a slightly sharp and acerbic language, but with a direct and effective communication always to the fore. This extended one movement work is dramatic and confident, contrasted by passages of a lyrical and cantabile nature, but always with an urgency and momentum which doesn't end until the final notes of a powerful and exciting coda.

Firefly was written for David Heyes and Peter Leerdam, who gave the premiere and performed it many times subsequently.

Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.

Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.

In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999. Recital Music held a concert of Tony Osborne's music in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.

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Cat No. RM710
Supplier Code RM710
Price £12.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoriesDouble Bass Duet
Two Double Basses & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-710-6
EAN-13 9790570457106
Weight 156 grams
Published 16th May 2014
Availability 5 in stock
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