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Hommage a Frantisek Posta

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The Frantisek Posta Heritage Series series

Frantisek Posta (1919-1991) was Principal Double Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 40 years and was the leading Czech bassist of his generation. He was much admired and revered around the world and commissioned and transcribed many works for double bass.

Composed in 2014 to commemorate the 95th anniversary of Frantisek Posta's birth, this evocative and atmospheric one-movement work reflects the composers worries and concerns during the summer of 1991.

Teppo Hauta-aho had studied with Frantisek Posta (1919-1991) in Prague in the 1960s, when Posta was the revered and much respected Principal Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and had maintained a strong friendship and bond for the next 25 years. In 1991 Prof. Posta's health was beginning to decline and the piece reflects his plans to visit Finland again, having performed and taught there for many years. Would he be well enough? At one point the answer was yes, then no, then yes... Unfortunately Frantisek Posta was never to visit Finland again and died in Prague in August 1991.

Hommage a Frantisek Posta captures the unsettled nature of that last summer, the hopes and concerns for a much loved bassist and friend. The music is typical of Teppo Hauta-aho's work and employs a wealth of textures, timbres and techniques to create a unique work of beauty and style. The music explores a range of colours and each bass develops a different identity and character throughout the range of the double bass, but always working together to create great music.

Hommage a Frantisek Posta was written for David Heyes, who had studied with Frantisek Posta in the 1980s, and his good friend and colleague Ben Groenevelt and was premiered at Clifton College (Bristol, UK) on Sunday 19 October 2014.

Hommage a Frantisek Posta was recorded by David Heyes and Ben Groenevelt on the CD 'Postcards from Prague' for PrimaFACIE records (PFCD040), released on 2 March 2016 and available on Amazon, itunes and spotify on 10 May 2016. Copies of the CD are available from doublebass@tiscali.co.uk

See http://ascrecords.com/primafacie/postcards_from_prague.html

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Cat No. RM719
Supplier Code RM719
Price £8.50
ComposerTeppo Hauta-aho
CategoryDouble Bass Duet
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesFrantisek Posta Heritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
Weight 101 grams
Published 18th September 2014
Availability 6 in stock
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