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.
A Little Suite for Izzy was composed in February 2020 and is dedicated to seven year-old Izzy Patterson in Belfast. The five short pieces are played pizzicato throughout, with added percussive sounds to add interest and variety, and the piano accompaniments are aimed at the double bass teacher with some pianistic skills, rather than the virtuoso.
The edition also includes a slightly more advanced bass part which introduces both pizzicato and arco.
1. A Song for Saturday is lively and fun with a syncopated piano accompaniment played entirely in treble clef. The bass part uses three open strings, which should be allowed to ring, and introduces left hand percussion sounds played on the shoulder of the double bass and the ‘boom’ created when the belly of the bass is tapped with the right hand fist.
2. Sunday Morning is slow and easy going. Enjoy a leisurely few hours at home with time to do nothing but relax. The pizzicato notes are generally long and there is plenty of time to chill…
3. Time for Scales was inspired by Izzy practising her piano scales when we stayed with her family. The scales are all played by the piano accompaniment, with a strong and confident double bass part which also adds simple percussion rhythms. The music is fast and fun and should be played with determination and drive.
4. Lullaby introduces a different percussion sound for the bassist. The piano accompaniment is gently moving and supportive, and the piece gradually slows down as if the young bassist is falling asleep.
5. Party Time! has a hoedown feel with a lively and rhythmic piano accompaniment. The bassist plays pizzicato, alongside slapping the strings, with sudden stops in tempo to add drama and excitement. The last two bars bring the piece to a happy and successful conclusion.
David Heyes (b.1960) studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish, later at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with František Pošta (Principal Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 13 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, twice as chairman. David's collaborative work gained him a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher and commissioner of new music for double bass and he works with composers throughout the world to expand the double bass repertoire by commissioning new music and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Since 1990 more than 600 works have been written for him, music from one to twenty basses and from beginner to virtuoso, and he has premiered ten contemporary concertos with orchestra.
David has transcribed and performed a wealth of music for double bass and in recent years has composed a number of original works which have been performed both nationally and internationally. Six works inspired by the centenary of the First World War have been particularly successful and his choral and vocal music has been performed with success in Britain, Ireland and America. He composed 'Sahara' for unaccompanied double bass as the imposed work for the 2015 Galicia Graves Double Bass competition in Spain and returned there as Featured Composer and guest tutor in 2017/18. Since 2014 David has had music performed in 25 countries (UK, USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey, Venezuela, Australia, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Malta, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Japan, France, Slovakia, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Austria, Spain, Guatemala, Albania and Patagonia). ‘Lamentations’ for unaccompanied double bass was the imposed work in the 2019 Karl Dittersdorf International Double Bass Competition in Slovakia.
In November 2016 two of David’s songs were recorded by Sarah Poole (soprano) and Derek Harris (piano) for Prima Facie Records, who also recorded an entire CD of works by David in January 2017.