Recital Music publish music for every level of double bassist and in the past few years have concentrated on music for the younger player. This new and exciting series includes works with simple, accessible technical and musical challenges for beginners and progressing bassists. Piano accompaniments are supportive and written with the bass teacher in mind, creating a new repertoire which is ideal for concert and educational use.
Teppo Hauta-aho is the most prolific composer in the history of the double bass and has composed for every level of bassist, from beginner to virtuoso.
Mini-Bass Quartet No.1 was composed in the 1980s, when the introduction of smaller sized double basses, required new solo and ensemble repertoire which was aimed specifically at younger bassists. Teppo Hauta-aho rose to the challenge and composed three quartets for mini basses, progressing in difficulty through the three.
Mini-Bass Quartet No.1 uses first and second position only, employing simple rhythms and dynamics, but also introducing young bassists to different playing techniques at an early stage. Arco, pizzicato, Bartok pizz., glissando, percussion and col legno are inventively used to create colour, interest and challenges within the early stages of study. It can be played by quartet or massed basses and is a colourful and atmopsheric introduction to quartet playing.