CONCERTO FOR CONTRABASS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

CONCERTO FOR CONTRABASS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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Solo contrabass, 1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-0, perc, hp, pf, strings
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Concerto for Contrabass and Chamber Orchestra (1987), written for Edwin Barker, is essentially a cross between the classical solo concerto, with its typical virtuoso technique, and the alternating "ritornello" style of the baroque solo concerto that relied on the contrast between large and small forces. The slower, relatively free passages for the double bass in the first movement assume the characteristics of a cadenza in 19th century concerto repertoire.

The second movement, Aria, features the solo bass in a more prominent position. The third movement, Rondo, returns again to the Baroque ideal of intensely "working through" a single basic piece of material in typical concerto grosso fashion, with the lively 5/8 rondo "theme" returning throughout the movement.

 -James Yannatos

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Albany Records
Text Language - Non English

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solo instrument(s) featured+large ens or orch
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double bass
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$69.95 full score
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