"The Famous Solo" for Double Bass and Orchestra
Urtext Edition, Piano reduction, paperbound
First edition of the arrangement for double bass and string quartet
Piano reduction and parts for string quartet in e minor/G major and f sharp minor/A major, parts for double bass in e minor
with marked and unmarked double bass part
The viola I and viola II parts for the alternative quintet arrangement (neither of which are included in the printed edition) can be downloaded free-of-charge.
Pages: 85 (VI, 33, 8, 9, 10, 9, 10), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 1198 · ISMN 979-0-2018-1198-7
It is a bit of a paradox: one of Dragonetti’s favourite pieces and also his showpiece, “The Famous Solo”, originally for double bass and orchestra, is largely unknown today. This cannot be down to the virtuoso work itself, but is more likely due to the unclear source situation with its different versions. In this edition Tobias Glöckler presents Dragonetti’s autograph arrangement for double bass and string quartet for the first time. For those who would like to study the orchestral version, there is also a piano reduction, based on a contemporary model. Using this edition, the “Famous Solo” can be performed as needed in the solo and orchestral tuning – piano scores and quartet parts in e minor and f sharp minor are also included.
Suggestet viewing on YouTube:
Tobias Glöckler and the Dresden String Quintet
The piano reduction, which bears a very close relationship to one of the original piano accompaniments, is consistently excellent. The solo part is characteristically clean and clear, and editorial notes are clear and comprehensive, Glöckler is to be congratulated on his continuing careful scholarship, breathing new life into yet another standard repertoire item, thereby furthering a remarkable spate of interest in compositions of this great virtuoso of former days.
[American String Teacher, 2015]
Dragonettis "Famous solo", im Original für Kontrabass und Orchester, ist heute weithin unbekannt. Die Musik ist dabei immer noch so spritzig und originell wie am ersten Tag. Eher scheint es so, dass seit 150 Jahren keine vernünftige Ausgabe erschienen ist und das clevere Werk erst jetzt in sorgfältig erstellten Urtextausgaben erschienen ist.