Dan's Story is in one extended movement and explores a wide range of modern techniques but always within a lyrical and accessible format. A short introduction, played pizzicato, leads into a more expansive section, played primarily in harmonics, exploring the lyrical and ethereal soundworld in this higher register. A cadenza contrasts music in bass clef, employing glissando, thumb pizzicatos, double stops and harmonics in the lower orchestral range.
Dan's Story is typical of a wealth of music for unaccompanied double bass by the legendary Finnish bassist-composer Teppo Hauta-aho. He explores and emphasises the many tonal and timbral possibilities open to the modern bassist, demonstrating atmospheric and evocative musical landscapes which combine music and technical prowess in equal measure.
Dan’s Story is dedicated to Dan Styffe who premiered it on Thursday 6 June 2019 at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Dan Styffe describes the Dan’s Story as “quite typical of Teppo’s music, but perhaps a little less jazzy in tonality and expression than some of his other pieces. Melodic and singing phrases contrast harmonic lines and pizzicato passages.”