Three Character Sketches

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Three Character Sketches, composed in 1968/70 and revised in 2010, are short and accessible pieces for the progressing young bassist. Each offers musical and technical challenges in equal measure exploring a range of styles and idioms, each with a supportive piano accompaniment which adds to the interest and variety. Suitable for both study and concert repertoire, the range of keys used offers much to the enterprising bassist and the ability to explore and demonstrate the many facets of the double bass in its orchestral register.

1. Contrasts is bold and dramatic, with passages of lyricism and, at 15 bars length, doesn't outstay its welcome. A powerful opening to the suite.

2. Bitter-Sweet emphasises an E tonality, both minor and major, with lyrical melodies in the minor key contrasting arpeggio-inspired music in the major section, returning to the opening material to end.

3. Clog Dance is lively and fun. A strong rhythmic momentum adds drive and energy and is a successful conclusion to this miniature suite.

Christopher Field studied with Juliet Cunningham and Diana Fryer. He began teaching the double bass in 1964 and has written numerous small pieces for teaching purposes some of which have, over the years, appeared in the graded syllabuses of the major examination boards. Primarily a singer, he has also transcribed arias and songs for double bass and piano.


  • 1. Contrasts
  • 2. Bitter-Sweet
  • 3. Clog Dance

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Cat No. RM616
Supplier Code RM616
Price £7.50
ComposerChristopher Field
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
Difficulty level5 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-616-1
EAN-13 9790570456161
Weight 100 grams
Published 12th July 2017
Availability 9 in stock
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RM797  MBE Suite