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David Heyes writes: "Very pleased to have finally completed 'Incantations' for unaccompanied double bass for the brilliant Thea Sayer. It was finished on 29 September 2017, then the handwritten score was mislaid, until this morning (10 January 2018), and apart from a few small changes I'm really pleased with it and it is now ready for its premiere.

Earlier in 2017 I heard an unaccompanied flute piece by Gordon Jacob which gave me the ideas for this piece. My aim was to create a disparate patchwork of spells and incantations, emphasising the sonorous and evocative qualities of the double bass. The music is generally slow and atmospheric, not virtuosic at all, but I hope is magical and effective. Incantations should have a stillness and serenity with sinister motifs and short episodes which challenge the mood and contrast music of a more gentle nature. Incantations lasts around five minutes."

David Heyes studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish and later at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with Frantisek Posta (Principal Double Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 13 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, twice as chairman.

David has been Specialist Double Bass Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for 19 years and received a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested to expand the double bass repertoire, by commissioning new works and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Over the past 30 years he has commissioned more than 500 works, from beginner to virtuoso, and from one to twenty basses.

David has transcribed more than 200 works for double bass, many published by Recital Music, and in recent year has also composed a number of original works for double bass which have been performed in Britain, America, Venezuela, Turkey, Spain, Mexico, Germany and Czech Republic. David is self-taught as a composer and his music has been described as lyrical, evocative and accessible, but certainly of the 21st-century.

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Cat No. RM988
Supplier Code RM988
Price £6.50
ComposerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-988-9
EAN-13 9790570459889
Weight 89 grams
Published 2nd February 2018
Availability 13 in stock
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