Down at the O.K. Corral

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The Cowboys meet the Indians in the 'Wild West epic', so saddle up your horses and mosey on down to the O.K. Corral. Ideal for players aged seven to seventy, this offers simple and effective challenges for the good beginner quartet. "...a sense of fun and playability using simple rhythms, good hummable tunes, and just a little bit of syncopation to keep you on your toes." (Bass News) This edition is based on the original version for double bass quartet, and offers interesting music for any bass-line quartet. There are simple and effective challenges for the beginner quartet and much to enjoy in performance.

Performance Level: 3;4


Tony Osborne was 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.

Tony Osborne died on 30 March 2019 in Slough, Berkshire.

Cat No. RMS011
Price £7.50
ComposerTony Osborne
EditorDavid Heyes
CategoriesCello Quartet
Trombone Quartet
Bassoon Quartet (4 Bns)
Difficulty level3 - 4
ISMN 979-0-57045-811-0
EAN-13 9790570458110
Weight 72 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 8 in stock
See also...
RMS013  An Old Song (BASSOON QUARTET (4 BNS))