Summer Listening: Double Bass Concertos

Summer Listening: Double Bass Concertos
© Tan Dun, Dominic Seldis premiere <i>Wolf Totem</i>, Royal Concertgebouw Orch<br>photo Renske Vrolijk

With July coming to an end, so concludes the string portion of our Summer Listening series with a selection of concertos for the double bass. To quote Gunther Schuller, some of these concertos are "far removed from the genre and character pieces that have weighted down the bass repertory for decades and centuries," including his own and that of Missy Mazzoli. Others, such as those of Gian Carlo Menotti, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, and Tan Dun happily embrace the history of this grand and foundational instrument, while more still lie in between the two poles.

Richard Rodney Bennett
Double Bass Concerto (1978), 20 minutes
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John Harbison
Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra (2005), 20 minutes
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Anders Koppel
Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra (2000), 17 minutes
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Missy Mazzoli
Dark with Excessive Bright (2018), 13 minutes
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Watch a short film on Dark with Excessive Bright on YouTube | View the score
 
Gian Carlo Menotti
Concerto for Doublebass (1983), 23 minutes
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Paul Ramsier
Divertimento Concertante on a Theme of Couperin (1965), 16 minutes
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Robert Xavier RodrĂ­guez
Ursa, Four Seasons for Doublebass and Orchestra (1990), 19 minutes
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Gunther Schuller
Concerto for Double Bass (1968), 16 minutes
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Nikos Skalkottas
Double Bass Concerto (1940), 20 minutes
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Tan Dun
Wolf Totem (2014), 22 minutes
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Watch Tan Dun and Dominic Seldis discuss Wolf Totem on YouTube 

For more information on the music and potential guest soloists, please contact Andrew Stein-Zeller.

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