Reverie

Intermediate
Double Bass & Piano
Composer: Giovanni Bottesini

Product code:

RMD1047

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Recital Music

£6.50

Description

Bottesini’s Reverie is at the heart of the solo repertoire today but was probably only arranged for the double bass in the 1950s. Originally a song for voice and piano (Quando cadran le foglie), composed in Naples on 6 March 1879 and then published in Nice in a version for cello or violin and piano, it was probably never played by Bottesini and is described by Chris West as “one of his most inspired melodies”.

This new advanced edition, arranged to celebrate the bicentenary of Bottesini’s birth in 2021, is based on the violin/cello version and is a 4th higher than other published editions.

Reverie is lyrical and evocative, essentially a ‘song without words’ and is ideal for the advanced bassist who is confident throughout the solo register of the double bass. The music is passionate and dramatic, tender and poignant, and is a wonderful introduction into Bottesini’s world of lyrical and melodic solos.

This edition includes piano accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.

An advanced edited by David Heyes and based on the original cello edition, is also available.

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Description

Bottesini’s Reverie is at the heart of the solo repertoire today but was probably only arranged for the double bass in the 1950s. Originally a song for voice and piano (Quando cadran le foglie), composed in Naples on 6 March 1879 and then published in Nice in a version for cello or violin and piano, it was probably never played by Bottesini and is described by Chris West as “one of his most inspired melodies”.

This new advanced edition, arranged to celebrate the bicentenary of Bottesini’s birth in 2021, is based on the violin/cello version and is a 4th higher than other published editions.

Reverie is lyrical and evocative, essentially a ‘song without words’ and is ideal for the advanced bassist who is confident throughout the solo register of the double bass. The music is passionate and dramatic, tender and poignant, and is a wonderful introduction into Bottesini’s world of lyrical and melodic solos.

This edition includes piano accompaniments for both solo and orchestral tunings.

An advanced edited by David Heyes and based on the original cello edition, is also available.

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EditorDavid Heyes
OrchestrationDouble Bass & Piano
Publishers numberRMD1047

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About the Composer

Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889) was the greatest double bass virtuoso of the 19th- century and many of his compositions for double bass are still at the heart of the solo repertoire today. He spent much of his life in the opera house, as conductor and composer, and his music is inspired by the lyrical, cantabile, and virtuosic pyrotechnics of 19th-century Italian opera. Bottesini was known as ‘the Paganini of the double bass’ and was one of the greatest musical superstars of his day.

About the Arranger

About the Editor

David Heyes (b.1960) studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish, later at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with František Pošta (Principal Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 20 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, three times as chairman. David’s collaborative work gained him a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher, and commissioner of new music for double bass and he works with composers throughout the world to expand the double bass repertoire by commissioning new music and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Since 1983 more than 700 works have been written for him, music from one to twenty basses and from beginner to virtuoso, and he has premiered ten contemporary concertos with orchestra. David began to compose in 2013 and has had music performed and recorded in 29 countries across five continents. He is a D’Addario Performing Artist and has recently commissioned a solo double bass from British master-luthier Martin Penning.