The Great Wall of China

Composer: David Heyes
Code: RMD1313

The Great Wall of China is originally for beginner/intermediate double bass quartet, was composed on 21/22 July 2016, and premiered by a massed bass orchestra at the Purcell School (Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK) on Sunday 24 July 2016.

In one movement and lasting around three minutes it employs a number of exciting and engaging playing techniques including arco, pizzicato, sul ponticello, percussion and col legno suitable for all string instruments. The music is colourful, lively and rhythmic, offering accessible musical and technical challenges, with something of interest for each part and is playable by quartet or larger forces.

The Great Wall of China has been transcribed for violin quartet or ensemble and introduces new playing techniques in a relaxed and accessible way. Each part has short solo or duo opportunities, there are ‘call and response’ sections and tutti passages which are depict the grandeur, history and heritage of The Great Wall of China.


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