Tango Fantasy (Homage a Piazzolla)

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One of the main influences on the Tango Fantasy is the music of Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) who developed the tango in new directions which departed to a considerable extent from the traditional tangos which flourished previously. In one extended movement and employing a range of percussion sounds, there are many opportunities to display both technical and musical prowess here, particularly in the tango idiom and there are numerous challenges for the advanced bassist but also scope to explore the textures and timbres of the solo double bass.


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 literature throughout a long and successful career.

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Cat No. RM668
Supplier Code RM668
Price £7.50
ComposerArmand Russell
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-668-0
EAN-13 9790570456680
Weight 98 grams
Published 7th April 2014
Availability 9 in stock
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