Duo for 2 Double Basses (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Publisher. Info. William Jay Sydeman
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General Information

Work Title Duo for Two Double Basses
Alternative. Title
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements:
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Molto allegro
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1963
First Publication. 1970
Average DurationAvg. Duration 4 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation 2 double basses

Misc. Comments

When I came to New York in 1960, I immediately submitted my large repertoire of compositions to the major publishers. Bit-by-bit they dribbled back to me with polite refusals. Undaunted, I showed them to various musicians who liked and performed them. The New York Times, Time magazine, et al also became enthusiastic about my work. One by one, the delinquent publishers contacted me requesting if they could print my works. (Music as commerce.) I replied, “You already refused them.” They replied, “but that was before you became famous.” So that is how the cookie !@#$%.......

The Double Bass Duo and Trio were written in the early 60s as a request from C.F. Peters who thought such pieces were be marketable. Judging from subsequent royalties, they were overoptimistic… but how many double bass virtuosos are there in the world and why would they get together? I guess to play this piece. So all my double bass works stretch the limits of the instrument, acknowledging it as a full-fledged member of the virtuosic chamber music world. In this case, low groans and moans create textures that are quite unique.

– W. Jay Sydeman, April 2012