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Gavin Bryars: Double Bass Concerto: Orchestra And Solo

Farewell to St. Petersburg

COMPOSER: Gavin Bryars
PUBLISHER: Schott Music London
PRODUCT FORMAT: Piano Reduction
Written for Duncan McTier, this concerto has the unusual addition of an optional male voice choir. Many Russian elements influenced Bryars when he was writing the piece, not least the text for the bass voices which is taken from Glinka’s song cycle Farewell to St Petersburg. Bryars writes ‘The
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Composer Gavin Bryars
Publisher Schott Music London
Instrumentation Double Bass and Orchestra
Product Format Piano Reduction
Year of Publication 2006
Style Period Post 1901
ISMN 9790220125744
No. SCHED12932
Number of pages 42
Description
Written for Duncan McTier, this concerto has the unusual addition of an optional male voice choir. Many Russian elements influenced Bryars when he was writing the piece, not least the text for the bass voices which is taken from Glinka’s song cycle Farewell to St Petersburg. Bryars writes ‘The orchestration is quite light throughout, so that the singing quality of the double bass can emerge. The emphasis in terms of tessitura is on the middle register, though in the closing section there is a passage in natural harmonics. Although the piece is not designed to be a virtuoso showpiece, there is a brief cadenza in which the soloist is supported at times by other solo instruments (bass clarinet, viola, cello, bass).’ (Gavin Bryars)
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