Homage à Koussevitsky was composed in 2008, inspired by the Paris Double Bass Convention that year. The work is episodic but cohesive, emphasising the lyrical, tonal and timbral qualities available to the 21st-century double bassist and composer. It employs the entire range of the solo double bass, challenging the musical and technical prowess of the soloist, in a modern but accessible musical idiom. Atmospheric and evocative, dramatic and powerful, the piece evokes a range of moods and emotions within its short time-span.
Teppo Hauta-aho is a past master at writing innovative and impressive works for solo double bass, encapsulating many playing techniques and styles of the contemporary double bassist today. His inventive use of harmonics and pizzicato chords have been copied by many other composers and his influence on young composers and bassists is incalculable.