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Concertino Op.10

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The history of the double bass features many player-composers who created a wealth of music for bassists of all abilities. Recital Music publish a wide and eclectic range of music by these important figures from the history of the instrument, particularly from the 19th and early 20th-centuries, and more works are in preparation. Some names are well known today, others almost forgotten, but each made a valuable contribution to the repertoire of the double bass and helped create a unqiue repertoire which deserves to be performed.

Grade 8 ABRSM & Trinity College London Exams (2016-2019)

Achille Gouffé (1804-1874) was known as the 'French Bottesini' and was an important figure in 19th-century Parisian musical life. For 35 years he was Principal Bass of the Paris Opera Orchestra and with the Society of Conservatoire Concerts Orchestra, which is now Orchestre de Paris. For over 40 years Gouffé organised chamber music concerts at his home and thanks to him many chamber music pieces with double bass now exist (Onslow, Walckiers, Blanc). He was one of the first bassists in France to use a four-string double bass and, dissatisfied with the sound of the lowest string he developed, in collaboration with the violin maker Auguste Bernadel, a new process of double winding copper and steel, which was then universally adopted. In a newspaper article in 1849 Hector Berlioz described Gouffé as a 'master virtuoso' and his educational music is still popular in France today.

Gouffé composed a number of works for double bass and his Concertino Op.10 is ideal for Grade 8 students who are looking for effective challenges throughout the orchestral range of the double bass. In one extended movement, a dramatic introduction is followed by a lyrical and sonorous episode, emphasising the cantabile qualities of the double bass primarily in the orchestral register, followed by a lively and rhythmic Allegro (alla breve) which is the greater part of the piece. Gouffe's Concertino offers both musical and technical challenges for the advancing intermediate bassist and is both player and audience friendly, with a few easy virtuosic challenges to test the technical prowess of the player. An ideal exam or recital piece, this new edition by David Heyes is clear and easy to read with the short harmonic passages now in the correct octave for the 21st-century bassist.

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Cat No. RM855
Supplier Code RM855
Price £8.50
ComposerAchille Gouffé
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-855-4
EAN-13 9790570458554
Weight 100 grams
Published 10th August 2015
Availability 14 in stock
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