Concertino

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Ideal for the intermediate bassist, this introduction, theme and variations remains primarily in bass clef, apart from a few easy harmonic passages, and utilises well the orchestral range of the double bass.

Composed at the end of the 19th-century, there are opportunities to display musical and technical prowess and this is useful as both recital and educational use. Tonal, traditional and straightforward, this is similar in approach and style to Eisengraber's Variations on a Favourite Styrian Folk-Song [RM253], and is a useful introduction to the 'easy virtuoso' repertoire.

The Concertino is a smaller version of the concerto, usually in one extended movement and is for a solo instrument with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Hans Bichels' Concertino is typical of the music at the end of the 19th-century and utilises much of the working orchestral register of the double bass. The theme and variations format divides the work into well defined and distinct sections, with a supportive accompaniment. A dramatic piano introduction leads directly into the landler-like theme (in C major), and its simple harmonic structure lends itself to the variation form. Three variations follow and a short and dramatic recitative leads into a lively and rhythmic finale. There is much scope for the intermediate bassist to display both musical and technical prowess in a work of character and invention.

Very little is known about Hans Bichels, who is likely to be a 19th-century bassist-composer, but this new edition takes the name of Bichels into the 21-st century and to a new audience.

Performance Level: 7;8

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Cat No. RM210
Price £8.50
ComposerHans Bichels
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-210-1
EAN-13 9790570452101
Weight 85 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 7 in stock
See also...
RM703  Concert Solo (Air in C)