Cello and Bass
I have an opportunity to write a short piece for cello and bass, and I have been burrowing away, trying to examples to listen to.
One or two of the famous pieces keep surfacing, but not much else.
Can anyone suggest cello and bass duets I might find, please?
Here is one of my practice efforts:
If you know how to search for it you may find more examples on IMSLP. I get 21 hits for "cello and double bass" from the following composers: Anton Verschäupen, Dragonetti, Rossini, Stephen W. Beatty (6 pieces!), Jeremy Crosner, Jeffery Michal Harrington, Jules Massenet, Werner J.E. De Bleser, Mikhail Bukinik, Félix Battanchon, Franz Joseph Keyper, Johann Matthias Sperger, Johann Friedrich Kelz, Edward Enrico Gerber.
Cello and bass. What a pair. The cello would have to be in the top limits of its range from start to finish.
For a bass-cello duet, I would recommend Pizz. bass.
No Cotton, the 'cello and bass can even exchanges phrases at a similar level, as in violin/viola duets. Top two strings for the bass, bottom two on 'cello.
I disagree. Most intervals are muddy on the lower three strings of a cello, and everything is hazy on bass. If you took a violin/ viola duet and transposed it as-is for cello and bass, it would sound absolutely horrible.
As someone with a piece of paper from a University that says I can write music and a doubling bassist and cellist who loves playing Bach and other polyphonic solo work, my recommendation is to avoid writing closer than a fifth in the bottom registers unless in passing unless muddy is what you want. In the upper registers, go as crazy as you want. (I also played in low brass ensembles, including duets, on trombone, so I have experience playing poorly orchestrated pieces in that range.)
Thank you, Albrecht, that was a goldmine.
Well Cotton , we don't seem to meet the same musicians..
Have you ever played a double bass? Or even a piano real down low? Even at the C below middle C things become unclear, and especially at a distance in a larger space.
Cotton you might amuse yourself by searching for Paganini 24 played on the double-bass on YouTube.
I've seen it. Mind blowing as it is, if you listen to it blind (no video, just audio) to remove any spectacle, it becomes sort of...
A few yeas ago a former conductor, Jonathan Palmer, of my chamber orchestra, Bristol Chamber Orchestra, composed a double bass concerto as a required part of his D.Mus in composition at Bristol University. It received a warm welcome at its first public performance conducted by the composer with the Bristol Chamber Orchestra, and professional bassist David Heyes as soloist. The live performance was recorded in audio and video, for academic and archival purposes, by Bristol Uni's Music Department, and is probably the only recording of the work. I wonder who owns the copyright in a case like this?
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