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A popular and evocative quartet and immediately accessible for the beginner quartet. There is much rhythmic interest for each players, and it can be performed one octave higher than written by the more advanced quartet.

"Like Bizet's habanera from Carmen, this piece features a sultry melody accompanied by an ostinato habanera rhythm...the composer is successful in setting this remarkable, effective and satisfying piece." (ISB)

Performance Level: 4;5

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.

Tony Osborne died in Slough (Berkshire) on 30 March 2019.

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Cat No. RM036
Price £8.50
ComposerTony Osborne
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
Difficulty level4 - 5
ISMN 979-0-57045-036-7
EAN-13 9790570450367
Weight 110 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability 11 in stock
See also...
RM012  Green Bass Blues
RM035  The Pink Elephant
RM623  Four for 4