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Three Dances

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Three Dances is for unaccompanied double bass and was commissioned and dedicated to Dan Styffe. He asked me to write a new work for solo double bass and I started to work on a Waltz, which pointed the way for me to write a group of pieces for him. Three Dances is in three contrasting movements and lasts about 8 minutes.

'Waltz' begins with a gentle melody, played pizzicato, which gradually moves towards a "grotesque" feel. The music moves between lyricism and grotesque in a waltz which would be difficult for dancers because of the changing 3/4 and 2/4 bars scheme, alongside hemiolas. There are opportunities to display great virtuosity.

The second dance, 'Song of the Old Land', is full of lyricism where the bass sings an endearing lullaby. I looked for inspiration in the idea of old songs of the Nordic peoples and wrote in a way that it very vocal, but without equable measure.

'Infernal Dance' is a fast movement brimming with great virtuosic passages where I have worked with new ideas and developed some ideas from Dance No. 2. This is a powerful dance with great rhythmic momentum and technical challenges for the performer. I would define the language as Soul of Rock music with some Stravinskian colours. The result is three very contrasting dances where I aimed to explore different aspects of the double bass.

Three Dances was premiered in Almere, Netherlands by Dan Styffe on 27 August at BASS2014.

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.


  • Infernal dance
  • Song of the old land
  • Waltz

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Cat No. RM753
Supplier Code RM753
Price £8.50
ComposerSimon Garcia
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-753-3
EAN-13 9790570457533
Weight 102 grams
Published 16th October 2014
Availability 11 in stock
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