A Turetzky Tribute Book 2

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American bassist-composer Bertram Turetzky celebrated his 85th birthday on 14 February 2018. He is a pioneer of contemporary repertoire for double bass, commissioning more than 300 works for the instrument, and is a true legend in the double bass community.

A TURETZKY TRIBUTE is an international project bringing together composers from around the world to write a piece to celebrate the birthday of this iconic figure in the bass world. All the works will be published by Recital Music alongside national and international premieres.

Michal Bylina - Bertlude
The composer writes: "I have always had much respect for modern music bassists who didn’t break with tradition and, what’s more, performed the old classical repertoire as well. For me, one of the finest examples of such a person is Bertram Turetzky, who not only is an important figure in the modern history of the double bass, but also made quite a few recordings of classical music which I cherish. The first time I heard a haunting melody of Dragonetti’s Adagio from Solo no 8 was when I was listening to Bert’s CD.

Bertlude was premiered by David Heyes (double bass) at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) on Sunday 4 November 2018.

“Bertlude” is a tribute from a double bassist in love with tradition to another. It is written in the late renaissance style and echoes the music of Valentin Bakfark, Tobias Hume and Jakub Polak. The performer here has to play as if he played the lute, imitating polyphony, playing steady chords."

Teppo Hauta-aho - VIVA BERT!

VIVA BERT! was premiered by Alexander Heather (double bass) at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) on Sunday 4 November 2018.

David Heyes - This We Know
'This We Know' was composed on 6/7 June and is based on the letters B and E from Bert and A and C from Nancy. It flows along smoothly and simply with the musical line dictating the dynamic range and contrasts. A more dramatic middle section, employing double stops (4ths/5ths) interrupts the melodic line before the piece relaxes back into the music of the opening section. The glissandos (C to B) should always be sultry and seductive.

'This We Know' was premiered by David Heyes at the Church of St Laurence, East Harptree (Somerset) on Saturday 9 June 2018. US premiere on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas) by Bill Zauner (double bass). Australian premiere on Sunday 26 August 2018 at Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School (Melbourne) by Emma Sullivan.

"The faculty and students absolutely loved it." [Bill Zauner]

The title is taken from the words of Chief Seattle:

This we know
The earth does not belong to man;
Man belongs to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected,
Like the blood which unites one family
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth,
Befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life;
He is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
He does to himself.

Chief Seattle (c. 1780 - 7 June 1866), more correctly known as Seathl, was a Susquamish chief who lived on the islands of the Puget Sound. As a young warrior, Chief Seattle was known for his courage, daring and leadership. He gained control of six of the local tribes and continued the friendly relations with the local whites that had been established by his father. His now famous speech was believed to have been given in December, 1854. The city of Seattle is named after the Chief.

Ashley John Long - Ontsindn
The composer writes: "This work was written at the request of David Heyes as part of a series of pieces to celebrate the 85th birthday of the great bassist Bertram Turetzky. As Turetzky as been a very important figure in my life, responsible through his seminal work ‘The Contemporary Contrabass’ for awakening my interest in contemporary performance techniques which would form not only a large part of early performance career, but my subsequent Doctoral research, I approached the composition of this work with much pleasure. Responsible as Bert was, for the development of many new techniques for the instrument, I was keen that my own work should explore a only a few of these techniques rather than too many. As harmonics became a central means by which to expand the tessitura upwards I have explored in miniature, a variety of ways in which these can be produced as well as a range of left hand articulations. ‘Ontsindn’ is Yiddish for spark."

Ontsindn was premiered by David Heyes (double bass) at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) on Sunday 4 November 2018.

Tony Osborne - Bert's Bop!

Luis Guillermo Perez - Bertday

P. Kellach Waddle - Of Paths and KIngs
The composer writes: "This piece is in celebration of the 85th birthday of my dear, beloved Bertram Turetzky. In 1985 and 1986 I played my first two solo bass pieces ever for him, my first piece ever published was dedicated to him , and as the hoary proverb goes, 130-some solo bass pieces later and counting ( with 260 others involving bass and counting) ----- the rest is history. If there is indeed a path of moving to get everyone possible to consider bass as a legitimate solo instrument and to write for it with alacrity, then Bert first forged that path, and he is STILL the king of said path! Hence, Of Paths and Kings titles this piece in honour of BT."

Of Paths and Kings was premiered by David Heyes (double bass) at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) on Sunday 4 November 2018


  • 1. Luis Guillermo Perez - Bertday
  • 2. Michal Bylina - Bertlude
  • 3. Ashley John Long - Ontsindn
  • 4. David Heyes - This We Know
  • 5. P. Kellach Waddle - Of Paths and Kings
  • 6. Teppo Hauta-aho - VIVA BERT!
  • 7. Tony Osborne - Bert's Bop!
Cat No. RM1029
Supplier Code RM1029
ComposersMichal Bylina
Teppo Hauta-aho
David Heyes
Luis Guillermo Perez
P. Kellach Waddle
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
Weight 163 grams
Availability NOT IN STOCK. Sorry for delay!
Available in approx. 7—12 days.
See also...
RM874  Blues for Bass
RM990  A Turetzky Tribute Book 1
RM998  SYRINX Book 3