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Simon Garcia writes: "Muiñeira is a dance from my homeland Galicia, and Galician music is of Celtic origin, like Irish music. I had never before written a work inspired by Galician music, so to write an imposed work for the 2015 Galicia Graves International Double Bass Competition was a good opportunity.

Muiñeira usually have two or three different parts that are repeated. It is a binary dance with ternary subdivisión, usually in 6/8. I was inspired by some typical resources of traditional muiñeiras from a contemporary point of view.
Traditionally muiñeiras were performed with bagpipes usually accompanied by drums. I wrote double stopped passages reminiscent of the sound of the bagpipe´s drone."

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.

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Cat No. RM784
Supplier Code RM784
Price £7.50
ComposerSimon Garcia
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-784-7
EAN-13 9790570457847
Weight 99 grams
Published 20th May 2015
Availability 9 in stock
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