Composed in 1971, Introduction et Choral is aimed at the good intermediate quartet and has remained in manuscript until this edition. It was written for Professor Philippe Guingouain and the 'Ensemble de contrebasses de Grenoble' and premiered at an ISME Congress in Bristol.
The two contrasting movements offer effective musical and technical challenges, primarily in the orchestral register, and would be suitable for a youth orchestra bass section. 'Introduction' is lively and rhythmic, with a strong drive and forward momentum, beginning with a fanfare introduction in harmonics, but quickly descending into a much lower register for a unison performance of the thematic material of the movement. 'Choral'is slower and more rhapsodic, demonstrating the lyrical and cantabile qualities of the double bass.
Andre Ameller (1912-1990) was a prolific French composer, alongside a successful career as a double bassist, conductor and conservatoire director. He composed many works for double bass and Recital Music will be publishing several other works in 2011 in time for the 100th anniversary of Ameller's birth in 2012.