Scherzo in A minor

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The history of the double bass features many player-composers who created a wealth of music for bassists of all abilities. Recital Music publish a wide and eclectic range of music by these important figures from the history of the instrument, particularly from the 19th and early 20th-centuries, and more works are in preparation. Some names are well known today, others almost forgotten, but each made a valuable contribution to the repertoire of the double bass and helped create a unqiue repertoire which deserves to be performed.

This edition includes piano accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.

František Gregora (1819-1887) was a prolific composer and was born in Netolice, Bohemia on 9 January 1819. He showed early musical talent and studied organ, piano, violin, flute and clarinet before transferring to the double bass and in 1844 he entered the Vienna Conservatoire, where he studied double bass with Antonín Slama and composition with Gottfried Preyer. After graduation Gregora returned to Bohemia, settling in Písek, where he lived until his death on 27 January 1887. He became an important local musical figure as organist, choir master and music teacher, and was soon nicknames 'the travelling bass virtuoso' - having given many solo recitals in the area.

František Gregora was a fairly prolific composer and his output includes sacred and secular choral music, chamber and orchestral works alongside a wealth of solo music for double bass. Much of Gregora’s double bass music was written for an instrument with a high C string, an instrument he had inherited from Antonín Slama, which has to be adapted for today’s tunings. At the end of the 19th-century František [Franz] Simandl [1840-1912] arranged a number of works by Gregora, which Konrad Siebach subsequently revised for publication in 1953.

Scherzo in A minor has been newly revised by David Heyes in 2019, the bicentenary of the birth of František Gregora, with the solo double bass part transposed into G minor and accompaniments provided for both solo and orchestral tunings. The music is rhythmic and vibrant, with a strong momentum throughout contrasting a more lyrical middle section marked Cantabile, ending with an energetic flourish which is exciting and technically challenging. Full of character and invention, this new edition is a great addition to Recital Music’s ongoing Heritage Edition.

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Cat No. RM1035
Supplier Code RM1035
Price £10.00
ComposerFrantisek Gregora
EditorDavid Heyes
TranscribedFrantisek Simandl
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
Weight 132 grams
Published 9th September 2019
Availability 7 in stock
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