One for Two

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One for Two its a "musical gift" written to thank Anne and Dan for their kindness during my visit to Oslo in February 2014. They welcomed me into their home with the warmth that characterises Nordic people...
To get from their house to Oslo city centre I took the metro. Before departure from each station, a female voice said a melodious phrase in Norwegian which I didn't understand, but which meant "doors closing". The intonation of this sentence stayed with me, and I used it as the base of One for Two's melodic cell. The piece is written in reversible counterpoint to allow each instrument to speak in turn.

Bernard Salles writes: One for two est un "cadeau musical" écrit pour remercier Anne et Dan de leur accueil lors de mon voyage à Oslo en février 2014. Ils m'ont reçu en toute simplicité et avec la chaleur qui caractérise les gens du Nord...
Pour me rendre de leur maison au centre ville d'Oslo j'empruntais le métro. Avant la fermeture des portes, une voix féminine disait une phrase en Norvégien que je ne comprenais pas, mais qui voulait dire: "attention à la fermeture des portes". Ceci de façon très mélodique. j'ai repris cette intonation comme base de la cellule mélodique de la pièce écrite en contrepoint renversable pour permettre à chaque instrument de dialoguer à tour de rôle.

One for two es un "regalo musical" escrito para agradecer Anne y Dan de su acogida durante mi viaje en Oslo en febrero 2014. Me recibió en toda sencillez y con calor que caracteriza a la gente del Norte...
Para devolverme de su casa al centro ciudad de Oslo tomaba el metro. Antes del cierre de las puertas, una voz femenina decía una frase en Noruego que no comprendía, sino que quería decir: " atención en el cierre de las puertas ".Esto de modo muy melódico. Repetí esta intonación como base de la célula melódica de la pieza escrita en contrapunto invertible para permitir a cada instrumento dialogar por turno.


Bernard Salles was born in 1954 and began his musical education in his home town of Perpignan (France) where he studied double bass, organ, composition and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire. In 1973 he want to the Conservatoire of Versailles and in 1976, at the age of 22, he was awarded a double bass teaching diploma. Since then he has taught at the Conservatoire of Pau (South-west France) and played with many major French orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris and the National Orchestra of France, under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Metha and Lorin Maazel.

In 1983 he began a parallel career as a conductor and was Music Director of the Orchestra of Pau from 1996-2001. He has directed the Orchestra of Pamplona (Spain) and is currently Music Director of the OSSO (Orchestre Symphonique du Sud-Ouest).

As a composer and member of SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Editors of Music), he has written over 30 works including two symphonies, a cantata, a psalm for bass and orchestra, a concerto for double bass and small orchestra, Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, Triptych for orchestra, Prelude for cello and orchestra, a symphonic poem for soprano, cello and orchestra, as well as works for chamber groups, and for choir and organ. His pedagogic works are published by G.Billaudot in Paris and his works for double bass are published by Recital Music (England).

In 2010 he began a series of short pieces for unaccompanied double bass - Portraits for Friends - dedicated to his double bass playing friends.

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Cat No. RM746
Supplier Code RM746
Price £8.50
ComposerBernard Salles
CategoriesFlute & Double Bass
Double Bass & Other Instruments
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-746-5
EAN-13 9790570457465
Weight 102 grams
Published 18th September 2014
Availability 4 in stock
See also...
RM442  Poeme (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM455  Duo (DOUBLE BASS & OTHER INSTRUMENTS)
RM509  Portraits for Friends Book 1 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM528  Three for Two (DOUBLE BASS DUET)
RM566  Sonata (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM769  Two for Three (CELLO & DOUBLE BASS)
RM780  Portraits for Friends Book 5 (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)