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Double Bass Concerto

Farewell to St. Petersburg

By Gavin Bryars

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Double bass and orchestra (2.0.1.bcl.1.cbsn-, crot, vib, tub bells, tam-t, b.d)-hp-str( preferred))
Farewell to St. Petersburg. Composed by Gavin Bryars (1943-). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. String. Piano reduction with solo part. Composed 2002. 36 pages. Duration 28'. Schott Music #ED 12932. Published by Schott Music (HL.49015743).

Item Number: HL.49015743

ISBN 9790220125744. 9x12 inches.

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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