Rêverie - Solo Tuning edition

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Scored for Double Bass and String Orchestra.

Solo Tuning edition.

Bottesini's music is still at the heart of the solo repertoire, almost 120 years after his death, and this beautiful and evocative Reverie is an effective way into Bottesini's world of lyrical and melodic solos. Originally for cello (or violin), this new edition is a wonderful opportunity to develop both musical and technical skills within the solo register of the double bass. [Grade 8 - Trinity-Guildhall 2010 onwards]

Reverie is also available for double bass with string orchestra (RM215 - Orchestral tuning).

Performance Level: 8


"How he bewildered us by playing all sorts of melodies in flute like harmonics, as though he had a hundred nightingales caged in his double bass... I never wearied of his consummate grace and finish, his fatal precision, his heavenly tone, his fine taste. One sometimes yearned for a touch of human imperfection, but he was like a dead shot; he never missed what he aimed at, and he never aimed at less than perfection." [H.Haweis, 1888]

Giovanni Bottesini was called the 'Paganini of the Double Bass' and was the finest double bass soloist of the 19th-century. He was born in Crema (Lombardy) on 24 December 1821 and studied at the double bass at the Milan Conservatoire with Luigi Rossi, alongside harmony and composition with Nicola Vaccai (1790-1848) and Francesco Basili (1767-1850). His remarkable career as a soloist began in 1839 and lasted fifty years, taking him to every corner of the world. From Italy, his travels took him to Cuba (1846), USA (1847), England (annually from 1849), Egypt, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Monte carlo and many other countries throughout a long and distinguished career.

Bottesini was also famous as a composer writing at least 13 operas (Cristoforo Colombo, 1847 / Il diavolo della notte, 1856 / Ali Baba, 1871 / Ero e Leandro, 1879), a Messa da Requiem (1880) and an oratorio, The Garden of Olivet (1887 - first performed at the Norwich Festival), works for orchestra, 11 string quartets, string quintets, songs and many virtuoso works for double bass. As a conductor he is remembered primarily for directing the first performance of Verdi's Aida in Cairo in 1871, but was also a repsected composer of Italian opera, including seasons in Mexico, Paris, Palermo, Barcelona, London, Buenos Aires and Parma.

Bottesini's music for double bass is still at the heart of the solo repertoire into the 21st-century, even though his orchestral and operatic music has generally fallen from favour, but his Elegia for double bass and piano is one of the most recorded works of the 20th-century.

Giovanni Bottesini died in Parma on 7 July 1889.

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Cat No. RM214
Price £18.50
ComposerGiovanni Bottesini
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass And String Orchestra
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-214-9
EAN-13 9790570452149
Weight 133 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 5 in stock
See also...
RM008  Elegia (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM041  Reverie (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM215  Rêverie - Orchestral Tuning edition
RM252  Elegia (Orchestral Tuning)
RM774  Two Arias - solo tuning (VOICE, DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)