|Genre Categories||; ; ;|
|Work Title||For Double Bass Alone|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1957|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||9 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
This piece, the first of a series written for Turetzky, launched my "double bass composing career" (to the extent that I, much to my chagrin, for a while was considered “that double bass composer”). I recall Bert saying "We only have the Trout and Beethoven Septet", and I responded by writing everything from this solo piece through an octet – all including the double bass as a chamber music instrument. So this piece is a bit of a showcase for the double bass – not in a "fancy" way, but attempting to utilize the instrument in its normal playing style (i.e. not to try to make it sound like a cello). Apparently this was successful, as it seems to be popular with intrepid double bassists.
– W. Jay Sydeman