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Passione Amorosa

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The Heritage Series series

The history of the double bass features many player-composers who created a wealth of music for bassists of all abilities. Recital Music publish a wide and eclectic range of music by these important figures from the history of the instrument, particularly from the 19th and early 20th-centuries, and more works are in preparation. Some names are well known today, others almost forgotten, but each made a valuable contribution to the repertoire of the double bass and helped create a unqiue repertoire which deserves to be performed.

Double Bass in SOLO TUNING only.

Bottesini's Passione Amorosa is originally for 2 double basses and piano and this new edition was arranged by David Heyes. The three contrasting movements, lasting around ten minutes, offers an opera-like scena for two soloists and orchestra, and is ideal as a concert opener or finale. The solo parts have been divided between the two instruments and each contains passages from each part to create an idiomatic edition which is both player and audience friendly. There are aspects of virtuosity and lyricism throughout, with a simple and supportive accompaniment which can also be played by string quintet, and is a fun work which demonstrates the virtuosity of the solo double bass allied to the brilliance and flair of the violin.

Recital Music are also planning to publish an edition for 2 double basses and piano with a new accompaniment by the eminent composer and film conductor Ernest Irving. Composed for Victor and Roy Watson to play in their joint recitals, it reimagines Bottesini's accompaniment, bringing a new aspect to this much loved work in the solo repertoire.

"How he bewildered us by playing all sorts of melodies in flute like harmonics, as though he had a hundred nightingales caged in his double bass... I never wearied of his consummate grace and finish, his fatal precision, his heavenly tone, his fine taste. One sometimes yearned for a touch of human imperfection, but he was like a dead shot; he never missed what he aimed at, and he never aimed at less than perfection." [H.Haweis, 1888]

Giovanni Bottesini was called the 'Paganini of the Double Bass' and was the finest double bass soloist of the 19th-century. He was born in Crema (Lombardy) on 24 December 1821 and studied at the double bass at the Milan Conservatoire with Luigi Rossi, alongside harmony and composition with Nicola Vaccai (1790-1848) and Francesco Basili (1767-1850). His remarkable career as a soloist began in 1839 and lasted fifty years, taking him to every corner of the world. From Italy, his travels took him to Cuba (1846), USA (1847), England (annually from 1849), Egypt, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Monte carlo and many other countries throughout a long and distinguished career.

Bottesini was also famous as a composer writing at least 13 operas (Cristoforo Colombo, 1847 / Il diavolo della notte, 1856 / Ali Baba, 1871 / Ero e Leandro, 1879), a Messa da Requiem (1880) and an oratorio, The Garden of Olivet (1887 - first performed at the Norwich Festival), works for orchestra, 11 string quartets, string quintets, songs and many virtuoso works for double bass. As a conductor he is remembered primarily for directing the first performance of Verdi's Aida in Cairo in 1871, but was also a repsected composer of Italian opera, including seasons in Mexico, Paris, Palermo, Barcelona, London, Buenos Aires and Parma.

Bottesini's music for double bass is still at the heart of the solo repertoire into the 21st-century, even though his orchestral and operatic music has generally fallen from favour, but his Elegia for double bass and piano is one of the most recorded works of the 20th-century.

Giovanni Bottesini died in Parma on 7 July 1889.

Cat No. RM938
Supplier Code RM938
Price £40.00
ComposerGiovanni Bottesini
ArrangerDavid Heyes
CategoryViolin, Double Bass & String Orchestra
SeriesHeritage Series
Difficulty levelAdvanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-938-4
EAN-13 9790570459384
Published 8th March 2017
Availability 2 in stock