Fizzability Study

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The Fizz @ 50 series

A series of fifty short pieces for double bass and piano from composers throughout the world, instigated by David Heyes to celebrate his 50th birthday. Each composer received a bottle of champagne (Fizz) as payment.


Fizzability Study is a great work for the good intermediate bassist and this edition includes one piano accompaniment and two bass parts - one for orchestral tuning and one for solo tuning. This one-movement piece offers musical and technical challenges for the bassist, in a modern but accessible and enjoyable idiom, and is a great addition to the advanced intermediate repertoire.

David Ellis has a proven track-record of writing good and effective music for double bass and his music is always beautifully crafted and styled to offer musical and technical challenges in equal measure. Fizzability Study would sit easily in any recital programme and would be a good introduction to any player who is exploring the world of 'modern' music.

Fizzability Study was premiered at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset) on 26 February 2012 by Ben Groenevelt (double bass) and Gemma Beeson (piano).


David Ellis was born in Liverpool in 1933 and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1953-57. His work as a composer began to be recognised at this time, not only through performances but also from important and prestigious commissions and awards including the Royal Philharmonic Prize, Ricordi Prize, Theodore Holland Award, Royal Manchester Institution Silver Medal and a Gulbenkian Award.

From 1964 onwards David Ellis worked at the BBC and was subsequently appointed Head of Music, BBC North before becoming Artistic Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Northern Chamber Orchestra in 1986. In 1994 he left the NCO to help set up the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, based in Lisbon, before returning to the UK to concentrate exclusively on composition.

An impressive work list comprises compositions in almost every genre from opera, choral and vocal, to orchestral, concertos, brass band and chamber music.

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Cat No. RM476
Supplier Code RM476
Price £6.00
ComposerDavid Ellis
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
SeriesFizz @ 50
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-476-1
EAN-13 9790570454761
Weight 66 grams
Published 16th May 2012
Availability 4 in stock
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