For Double Bass Alone (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Publisher. Info. William Jay Sydeman, 2012
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Work Title For Double Bass Alone
Alternative. Title
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements:
1. Rubato
2. Allegro ritmico
3. Moderato
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1957
First Publication. 1959
Dedication Burt Turetzsky
Average DurationAvg. Duration 9 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation double bass

Misc. Comments

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