Sonata in G major

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American composer-bassist, Armand Russell, has created a wealth of music for double bass over the past fifty years and more recently has arranged a tasteful number of works for the instrument.

This four movement sonata (Adagio, Allegro, Largo, Presto) by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773) offers a new and accessible transcription for the good intermediate bassist who is confident in low thumb position. Only available in orchestral tuning, there are musical and technical challenges in equal measure and much to enjoy for performers and audiences alike.

Sonata in G major is also available in two editions for double bass (or cello) trio and string orchestra.

The accompaniment is playable by piano or harpsichord, and the limited range of dynamics allows each performer freedom to create their own unique performance and interpretation.


Armand Russell was born in Seattle, Washington in 1932. He received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Washington, with a major in music composition, and a Doctorate in music composition from the Eastman School of Music. He studied double bass with Leslie Martin, who played in the Seattle Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestras, and at the Eastman School of Music with Oscar Zimmerman. His composition studies were with John Verrall and George McKay at the University of Washington, and with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson at the Eastman School.

Professionally, Armand Russell played double bass in many orchestras including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Tour Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and Civic Orchestras, and Honolulu Symphony. For five years he taught as a visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music. From 1961 to 1994 he taught at the University of Hawaii Music Department and retired as Professor emeritus in 1994. While at the University of Hawaii he taught music theory, composition and double bass and also served as Chair of the Music Department for seven years.

Armand Russell has composed many works for double bass and also percussion, including solos, chamber music and concertos. Some of his most frequently performed works include Chaconne (Db/Pno), Buffo Set (Db/Pno), Harlequin Concerto (Db/Orch), Pas de Deux (Cl/Perc), Percussion Suite, Theme & Fantasia (Concert Band) and Suite Concertante (Tuba/Wind Quintet). He has also composed several works for choirs in recent years and has continued to write for the double bass alongside a growing body of chamber music and transcriptions.

Armand Russell's compositional style is confident and direct with a clarity of line and texture always to the fore. A modern, yet lyrical and accessible style, has created works which communicate equally to performers and audiences alike and he has made, and continues to make, a unique and valuable contribution to the double bass litereature throughout a long and successful career.

Recital Music is planning a celebration of Armand Russell's music at Bass-Fest in 2012 to celebrate the composers 80th birthday.

Contents

  • Adagio
  • Allegro
  • Largo
  • Presto
Syllabus info
Trinity College London: Bowed Strings & Harp 2016-2019   (until Dec 2019)  

Double Bass - grade 8 ( Adagio )
Double Bass - grade 8 ( Allegro )

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Cat No. RM320
Supplier Code RM320
Price £10.50
ComposerJohann Joachim Quantz
ArrangerArmand Russell
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-320-7
EAN-13 9790570453207
Weight 94 grams
Published 5th January 2011
Availability 5 in stock
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RM703  Concert Solo (Air in C)