Threnody for Ovidiu

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Tony Osborne writes: 'Threnody for Ovidiu was commissioned by David Heyes as a heartfelt tribute to the memory and work of his close friend, the Romanian virtuoso Ovidiu Badila, following his untimely death.

The piece has a characteristically elegiac mood and flows at a slow pulse to reflect on the sadness of the occasion, but there is also a sense of the lyricism that one would associate with Ovidiu's playing, and reflecting his devotion to his art.

There are several moments where the music reaches a more stark cadence on a chord of open fifths - often referred to as 'power chords' in rock guitar playing - but especially heard in traditional Georgian 'Rustavi' choir style.

This is not directly related to Ovidiu or his playing, but provides an essence of firm resolve, that however sad events may be, life goes on, and this is further emphasised in the more triumphant conclusion of the piece, reflecting a fine player who was loved and respected in the world of music.'


Ovidiu Badila died in March 2001 at the age of 39. Threnody for Ovidiu is a heartrending and passionate lament and is one of Tony Osborne's finest works for the double bass. The music is powerful and dramatic, utilising the lyrical and sonorous potential of the double bass throughout its solo range. It was premiered at Bass-Fest 2001 by David Heyes, Mette Hanskov and Teppo Hauta-aho, who had worked with Ovidiu the previous year in Denmark, and the work has been performed by bassists throughout the world.

Performance Level: Advanced


Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.

Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.

In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999. Recital Music is planning a major festival of Tony Osborne's music in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.
www.tony-osborne.com

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Cat No. RM186
Price £10.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Trio
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-186-9
(EAN-13 9790570451869)
Weight 94 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 5 in stock
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