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A Night in Compostela for double bass sextet

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A Night in Compostela was Commended (Category 2 in Recital Music's 2011 Composition Competition for Double Bass) and is dedicated to Carlos Mendez and Alfonso Moran.

A Night in Compostela describes the different views and feelings you may experience as a pilgrim or tourist on a brief visit to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, both the spiritual element or the fun of the exotic nightlife. It is lively and rhythmic, with an introduction, theme and brief coda, where the composer uses different styles of music to accompany the melodic line, together with other homophonic textures. A range of effects are used to create a work of great character and enjoyment.

Simon Garcia writes in popular and accessible styles which have proved successful with bassists and audiences alike, and there are musical and techncial challenges for each performer. A Night in Compostela was premiered in March 2011 in Berlin by 'Il Quint'etto' in the version for string quintet, and it has also been performed in different cities in Spain, Italy, Germany and Austria.

This version for double bass sextet was arranged by the composer for La ReCreativa Bass Band is the soundtrack of global project against Malaria "Malariaspot.com"


Bassist and composer Simon Garcia was born in Mugardos (Spain) in 1977 and graduated in double bass from the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He has worked as a double bassist in the Royal Orchestra of Galicia, having also performed in many orchestras throughout Spain, and is the bassist in the Symphony Wind Orchestra of A. Coruna. He has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and has recorded and performed on many commercial recordings and for television and radio broadcasts.

Simon Garcia has composed more than twenty works for double bass, ranging from two to six players, alongside transcriptions of these pieces for various chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, USA and UK by The Bass Gang, Bass Instinct and Il Quint-etto amongst others, and some of his music was used as teaching material in the 2011 ISB Year of Collaborative Music.

Simon Garcia's music is lively, jazzy and rhythmic with great forward momentum and drive. Accessible for players and audiences alike, he writes colourful music of distinction and energy, employing the entire range of the double bass.

Simon Garcia was a Featured Composer and guest soloist at Bass-Fest 2013 (3-7 August, The Silk Mill, Frome, UK), when 10 of his works were performed, including the premiere of Time Capsule for double bass octet. He returns to Bass-Fest 2014 (15-17 August) again as a Featured Composer and soloist.

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Cat No. RM726
Supplier Code RM726
Price £12.50
ComposerSimon Garcia
CategoryDouble Bass Sextet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-726-7
EAN-13 9790570457267
Weight 129 grams
Published 18th August 2014
Availability 4 in stock
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