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Suite 'Gulliver's Travels'

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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.

Jonathan Swift published his 'Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts' in 1726, popularly known as 'Gulliver's Travels', and two years later Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) composed his colourful suite for 2 violins. It was published in Die getreue Musik-Meister (The Steadfast Music Teacher) in monthly instalments, one movement at a time to maintain the interest and magazine revenue and it quickly became an instant hit and one of the most inventive violin duos of the the Baroque age. Its five short movements are descriptive and ingenious with challenges for both performers and scope to demonstrate far more than technique alone.

This new edition for 2 double bass was made by David Heyes in 2014 and the new key, alongside a few judicious edits, creates an exciting and charming work of great colour and inventiveness which offers much to players and audiences alike.

1. Intrada - the opening movement is grand and stately, portraying the excitement and agitation as Gulliver begins his wonderful journey.

2. Lilliputian Chaconne - this sprightly chaconne, usually a slow dance, is written for the people of Lilliput and is written in 3/32 to describe the tiny people as they dance.

3. Brobdingnagian Gigue - a dance for the giants and written in long notes to describe the clumsy steps as they try to dance this fast gigue, but here not so fast! Originally in 24/1 (24 semibreves [whole notes] per bar) this new edition is written in 6/1 to make it slightly easier to read, rehearse and perform.

4. Reverie of the Laputans and their attendant flappers - a relaxed and soporific opening figure is interrupted many times by rhythmic interjections to wake the Lauputans out of their reverie.

5. Loure & Wild Dance - the last movement is a wonderful contrast of the elegant and stately Loure (Houyhnhnms) against the lively and dramatic Wild Dance (Yahoos) bringing the suite to a successful and lively conclusion.


  • 1. Intrada
  • 2. Lilliputian Chaconne
  • 3. Brobdingnagian Gigue
  • 4. Reverie of the Laputans and their attendant flappers
  • 5. Loure & Wild Dance

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Cat No. RM715
Supplier Code RM715
Price £9.50
ComposerGeorg Philipp Telemann
ArrangerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass Duet
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-715-1
EAN-13 9790570457151
Weight 101 grams
Published 16th May 2014
Availability 6 in stock
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