Jazz Contrasts

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A reworking of Carnival Contrasts, originally for 12 double basses, this is Tony Osborne at his jazzy best. The extended one-movement work is full of lively rhythms, jazz influences and high spirits, and is aimed at the good intermediate string orchestra. There is plenty of rhythmic and musical interest to keep everyone happy, and this is both player and audience friendly. A jazz 'break' for solo violin, accompanied by pizzicato strings, is an improvisatory episode full of energy, character and great forward momentum.

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Performance Level: 6;7

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.

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Cat No. RMS037
Price £28.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryString Orchestra
Difficulty level6 - 7
ISMN 979-0-57045-837-0
EAN-13 9790570458370
Weight 598 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 4 in stock
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