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A Little Suite for Frantisek Posta

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The Frantisek Posta Heritage Series series

Frantisek Posta (1919-1991) was Principal Double Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 40 years and was the leading Czech bassist of his generation. He was much admired and revered around the world and commissioned and transcribed many works for double bass.

Bernard Salles writes: "My single idea was to compose these little pieces lasting around one minute each, like David Heyes wanted. When I compose I have no fixed idea I simply follow my pencil! The style came little by little in this case, quite close to the Bach Cello suites, and I composed the entire suite in one day - like the grand master Johann Sebastian Bach! To interpret I think it's very open and, like the Cello suites, you can choose Baroque, or Romantic or modern style, with or without vibrato. Also you can change the tempo (slower or fast), bowings or dynamics."

A Little Suite for Frantisek Posta was premiered on Sunday 3 September 2017 at Village Hall, Templecombe (Somerset, UK) by David Heyes.

American premiere - Sunday 17 September 2017 at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (USA) by Chris Clark.

Irish Premiere - 24 February 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre (Cork, Eire) by David Whitla.

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.


  • 1. Prelude 1
  • 2. Prelude 2
  • 3. Sarabande
  • 4. Menuet
  • 5. Allemande
  • 6. Courante

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Cat No. RM974
Supplier Code RM974
Price £8.50
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesFrantisek Posta Heritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-974-2
EAN-13 9790570459742
Weight 107 grams
Published 5th December 2017
Availability 4 in stock
See also...
RM509  Portraits for Friends Book 1
RM619  Suite Milanese
RM675  Sonatina - In Memoriam Frantisek Posta
RM727  The Last Summer (Hommage a Frantisek Posta)
RM835  Five for Teppo
RM948  A Little Gift for a Birthday