Old MacDonald had a Party

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This is 'classic' Tony Osborne and was the first in a series of pioneering works written for an intermediate string orchestra alongside any number of beginner violins, violas, cellos and basses. The more jazzy music for the main string orchestra acts as a great contrast to the beginners who play 'Old MacDonald' a number of times and the premiere included over 200 young string players!

This is a fun and accessible work, is suitable for any occasion, and allows players of many abilities to work together in one exciting piece. Tony Osborne has written many excellent works for the educational market and this has been very successful in performance.


Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.

Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.

In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999. Recital Music is planning a major festival of Tony Osborne's music in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.
www.tony-osborne.com

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Cat No. RMS002
Supplier Code RMS002
Price £25.00
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryString Orchestra
Difficulty level1, 6 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-802-8
EAN-13 9790570458028
Weight 350 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 4 in stock
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