Sicilienne

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Recital Music publish a wealth of original works for double bass alongside a popular, accessible and growing range of transcriptions for bassists of all ages and abilities. Most transcriptions published by Recital Music are by David Heyes, who has a successful and proven track record when arranging for double bass.

Originally for cello, this lyrical and elegant Sicilienne transcribes well for double bass and is ideal for players of about Grade 8 standard. There are musical and technical challenges, venturing into low thumb position and exploring the solo and cantabile possibilities of the double bass. The middle section can be performed in thumb position, or an octave lower, making it also accessible to Grade 7 bassists.

This is beautiful and evocative music for the adventurous intermediate bassist.


The edition is published with piano accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.


Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845 – 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher and was one of the foremost French composers of his generation. His musical style influenced many 20th-century composers and among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, Nocturnes, Après un rêve and Clair de lune, alongside a wealth of instrumental and vocal music. Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a harmonically and melodically much more complex style.

Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend, and after graduating in 1865, Fauré earned a modest living as an organist and teacher, leaving him little time for composition. He subsequently was appointed to the important posts of organist of the Église de la Madeleine and director of the Paris Conservatoire.

Fauré's music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th century. When he was born, Chopin was still composing, and by the time of Fauré's death, jazz and the atonal music of the Second Viennese School were being heard. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes him as the most advanced composer of his generation in France and noted that his harmonic and melodic innovations influenced the teaching of harmony for later generations.

[Grade 8 Trinity-Guildhall / Dip.LCM in Performance]

Performance Level: 8

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Cat No. RM310
Price £8.50
ComposerGabriel Fauré
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level8
ISMN 979-0-57045-310-8
EAN-13 9790570453108
Weight 94 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 8 in stock
See also...
RM005  Baroque Transcriptions
RM023  Cavatine
RM069  Pieni Elegia (A Little Elegy)
RM111  Apres un Reve