Thoughts for Times Past (In Memory of Frantisek Posta)

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The Frantisek Posta Heritage Series series

Frantisek Posta (1919-1991) was Principal Double Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 40 years and was the leading Czech bassist of his generation. He was much admired and revered around the world and commissioned and transcribed many works for double bass.

Armand Russell writes: "This work is a set of variations in which the theme is not clearly stated apart from the variations themselves. One might say that the 4th variation is the closest to being a theme but it is not all that clear as the theme plus it's in the middle instead of, as in conventional variations, at the beginning. If you want to separate the parts of the piece I have this request. The endings of the 3rd part and the 5th part are on the note E which is intended to lead directly to the D that follows in the next variation. If you separate these it would be advisable to add an extra bar after the E with the note D closest to the preceding E, to have a cadence and conclude the variation before going on to the next one. This should make a perfectly normal and reasonable ending for these 2 parts, I think. I'm fond of the connection without this but not above a compromise of sorts."

Thoughts for Times Past was premiered by David Heyes at Prague Conservatoire (Czech Republic) on Sunday 6 April 2014, and it's UK premiere by the same performer at Wells Museum (Somerset, UK) on Sunday 4 May 2014.

Thoughts for Times Past was recorded by David Heyes on the CD 'Postcards from Prague' for PrimaFACIE records (PFCD040), released on 2 March 2016 and available on Amazon, itunes and spotify on 10 May 2016. Copies of the CD are available from

Armand Russell was born in Seattle, Washington in 1932. He received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Washington, with a major in music composition, and a Doctorate in music composition from the Eastman School of Music. He studied double bass with Leslie Martin, who played in the Seattle Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestras, and at the Eastman School of Music with Oscar Zimmerman. His composition studies were with John Verrall and George McKay at the University of Washington, and with Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson at the Eastman School.

Professionally, Armand Russell played double bass in many orchestras including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Tour Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and Civic Orchestras, and Honolulu Symphony. For five years he taught as a visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music. From 1961 to 1994 he taught at the University of Hawaii Music Department and retired as Professor emeritus in 1994. While at the University of Hawaii he taught music theory, composition and double bass and also served as Chair of the Music Department for seven years.

Armand Russell has composed many works for double bass and also percussion, including solos, chamber music and concertos. Some of his most frequently performed works include Chaconne (Db/Pno), Buffo Set (Db/Pno), Harlequin Concerto (Db/Orch), Pas de Deux (Cl/Perc), Percussion Suite, Theme & Fantasia (Concert Band) and Suite Concertante (Tuba/Wind Quintet). He has also composed several works for choirs in recent years and has continued to write for the double bass alongside a growing body of chamber music and transcriptions.

Armand Russell's compositional style is confident and direct with a clarity of line and texture always to the fore. A modern, yet lyrical and accessible style, has created works which communicate equally to performers and audiences alike and he has made, and continues to make, a unique and valuable contribution to the double bass litereature throughout a long and successful career.


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Cat No. RM716
Supplier Code RM716
Price £7.50
ComposerArmand Russell
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
SeriesFrantisek Posta Heritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-716-8
EAN-13 9790570457168
Weight 99 grams
Published 12th May 2014
Availability 12 in stock
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