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Organum II - V

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Organum II-V were composed in 2017 and are dedicated to Sarah Poole (soprano) and David Heyes (double bass). The soprano part can also be played by any melody instrument. Each has a strong character and style, with a repetitive accompaniment, which creates a strong basis for the melodic interest above.

Bernard Salles was born in 1954 and began his musical education in his home town of Perpignan (France) where he studied double bass, organ, composition and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire. In 1973 he want to the Conservatoire of Versailles and in 1976, at the age of 22, he was awarded a double bass teaching diploma. Since then he has taught at the Conservatoire of Pau (South-west France) and played with many major French orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris and the National Orchestra of France, under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Metha and Lorin Maazel.

In 1983 he began a parallel career as a conductor and was Music Director of the Orchestra of Pau from 1996-2001. He has directed the Orchestra of Pamplona (Spain) and is currently Music Director of the OSSO (Orchestre Symphonique du Sud-Ouest).

As a composer and member of SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Editors of Music), he has written over 30 works including two symphonies, a cantata, a psalm for bass and orchestra, a concerto for double bass and small orchestra, Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, Triptych for orchestra, Prelude for cello and orchestra, a symphonic poem for soprano, cello and orchestra, as well as works for chamber groups, and for choir and organ. His pedagogic works are published by G.Billaudot in Paris and his works for double bass are published by Recital Music (England).

In 2010 he began a series of short pieces for unaccompanied double bass - Portraits for Friends - dedicated to his double bass playing friends.

Organum II was premiered by Sarah Poole (soprano) and David Heyes (double bass) at the Old Java Coffee House (Teignmouth, Devon) as part of the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival.

Organum III was premiered by Sarah Poole (soprano) and David Heyes (double bass) at Hale Methodist Church (Farnham, Surrey) on Sunday 21 May 2017.

Organum IV was premiered by Sarah Poole (soprano) and David Heyes (double bass) at Templecombe Hall (Somerset) on Sunday 3 September 2017.

Organum V was premiered by David Heyes (double bass) and Eloise Riddell (doublew bass) at Aldenham School (Elstree, Hertfordshire) on Sunday 30 July 2017.

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Cat No. RM972
Supplier Code RM972
Price £10.00
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoriesDouble Bass Duet
Double Bass & Voice
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-972-8
EAN-13 9790570459728
Weight 132 grams
Published 1st January 2018
Availability 5 in stock
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