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David Heyes writes:"Sahara is dedicated to Simón García and was composed as an imposed work for the 2015 Galicia Graves Double Bass Competition (March 2015), held in Culleredo, Spain. The piece lasts around five minutes and explores the many colours and timbres of the double bass, primarily in the lower register. It describes the ever-changing landscapes of the desert, the extremes of temperature, alongside the exotic travels of the nomadic people and their animals. Most of its landscape has been shaped over time by wind and includes sand dunes, sand seas called ergs, barren stone plateaus, gravel plains, dry valleys and salt flats. Due to the high temperatures and arid conditions of the plant life in the Sahara Desert is sparse and consists mainly of drought and heat resistant varieties and those adapted to salty conditions where there is sufficient moisture. The harsh conditions have also played a role in the presence of animal life and in the central and driest part of the desert there are around 70 different animal species including the spotted hyena, sand fox, sand viper and the monitor lizard.

It was composed to offer the players an opportunity to develop an awareness of musical line and narrative, with the many sounds and effects available to the 21st-century bassist but always within a lyrical and musical framework."

"Sahara is a gem" (Bert Turetzky)

"I so love and loved playing this piece !" (P Kellach Waddle, USA)

"Great piece for Galicia Graves International Competition! Good music and amazing piece for the students!!" (Simon Garcia)

"It's a wonderful little piece !!!!!!! I love it !!" (P Kellach Waddle)

Sahara was premiered at St. Stephen's Church, Bristol on Monday 23 February 2015 by David Heyes.

Sahara was given its US premiere on Sunday 21 June 2015 at the Museum of Making Music (Carlsbad, California) by Bertram Turetzky.

David Heyes studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish and later at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with Frantisek Posta (Principal Double Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 13 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, twice as chairman.

David has been Specialist Double Bass Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for 17 years and received a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested to expand the double bass repertoire, by commissioning new works and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Over the past 30 years he has commissioned more than 500 works, from beginner to virtuoso, and from one to twenty basses.

David has transcribed more than 200 works for double bass, many published by Recital Music, and in recent year has also composed a number of original works for double bass which have been performed in Britain, America and Czech Republic. David is self-taught as a composer and his music has been described as lyrical and accessible, but certainly of the 21st-century.

See http://contrabassconversations.com/2016/10/24/264-david-heyes-leaving-legacy/

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Cat No. RM794
Supplier Code RM794
Price £6.50
ComposerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level6 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-794-6
EAN-13 9790570457946
Weight 74 grams
Published 23rd July 2015
Availability 4 in stock
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