The Concerto for Double Bass is dedicated to Emilio Benzi and was premiered by Emilio Benzi (double bass) and Pamela Massa (piano) on 12 February 2005 at the Carignano Cultural Association in Turin.
The composer writes: 'The unique rhythmic characteristics used here lead the harmony into an essentailly four-part structure, in the sense that the rhythm has a profound influence on the melody and harmony, maintaining the 'melos' in a sonorous atmosphere which is primarily tonal. The chaconne-like beginning of the slow movement acts as a preparation for the 'quasi tango' that follows. In the third movement a humorous, mocking character produces an amusing dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra, which not only accompanies but continually and wittily interacts with the soloist.'
Domenico Torta's Concerto for Double Bass is full of great character and invention, utilising the entire range of the double bass. There are musical and technical challenges in equal measure and much to enjoy for performers and audiences alike. This is a rhythmic and engaging work which deserves a place in the concerto repertoire.
Italian composer, Domenico Torta, was born in Riva presso Chieri in 1957 and gained his degree from the 'G.Verdi' Academy of Music in Turin, tutored by Professor Enzo Ferrari. Subsequently he studied advanced composition with Gilberto Bosco, Eros Cossardo and Guido Donati. He has produced a number of works for double bass in recent years and his music is noted for its strong rhythmic momentum and drive, allied to inventive harmonies and melodies.
In 2002 Domenico Torta was commissioned by the Teatro Regio in Turin to write the incidental music for Patrick Susskind's play 'The Double Bass', which was premiered later that year.