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Twelve Waltzes for Double Bass Solo


Success as a soloist early in his career brought Domenico Dragonetti (1763– 1846), double bassist at the Chapel of St Mark’s in Venice, lucrative invitations from abroad. Like many of his countrymen he chose to go to London, where he resided almost exclusively from 1794, quickly rising to the position of a virtuoso and lauded by press and public. Il Drago was soon insepara... more


About the Composer


Domenico Dragonetti

Italian double bassist and composer. In London he invented his special bowing technique; it facilitated an expressive, virtuosic style of playing that was adopted beyond the borders of London, for example by Gioacchino Rossini at the Paris Conservatoire. Aside from challenging solo and chamber music works for double bass, he wrote vocal music and transcribed works by himself and others.

1763Born in Venice on April 7. He learns violin and guitar as an autodidact.
around 1775He is trained by Michele Berini, double bassist at the Cappella di San Marco. He is soon engaged by various opera houses.
around 1781He is accepted into Venice’s “Arte dei Suonatori.”
1787–99A member of the Cappella di San Marco.
1795He meets Joseph Haydn.
1799In Vienna he plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata, op. 5 no. 2, while on stage with the composer himself. He relocates to London, where he enjoys great success as a soloist, chamber musician, and solo bassist at the King’s Theatre, the Philharmonic Society, and the Ancient Concerts.
1808–ca. 1814Over the course of an extended journey, he ends up in Vienna. Here he meets Simon Sechter, who writes piano accompaniments and transcriptions of some of his works for double bass.
1839He becomes a member of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
1845In Bonn he becomes involved with the Beethoven festival.
1846Dies in London on April 16.

About the Authors


Tobias Glöckler (Editor)

Tobias Glöckler is associate principal double bass player at the Dresdner Philharmonie and a prizewinner of the International ISB Double Bass Competition (USA). He studied with Konrad Siebach at the Music Conservatory in Leipzig, perfecting his skills with Jeff Bradetich (Chicago) and Ulrich Lau (Stuttgart). While studying, he was principal double bass player with the International Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He has performed as a soloist with different orchestras, including the Dresdner Philharmonie with Ton Koopman. In addition he has made recordings for radio and has made guest appearances at diverse music festivals. He is a founding member of and solo bass player with the “ensemble frauenkirche” and has explored a great many chamber music works with the Dresdner String Quintet.

Glöckler teaches at the music conservatory in Dresden. His efforts concerning the revival of the “Viennese Tuning” have been rewarded with a Distinguished Achievement Award for historical performance practice.

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I would suggest the Henle edition takes us closer to the autographed copies left by Dragonetti so will be preferred by those who like to make their own editorial decisions when it comes to performance.

News & Views, 2008

Dass ein Kontrabass auch ohne Begleitung wunderbar klingen kann, beweist dieser Zyklus mit 12 Walzern. Sie sind virtuos, gleichzeitig melodiös, und auch von Schülern (ab Mittelstufe 2, Schwierigkeitsgrad 4) gut zu bewältigen.

Neue Musikzeitung, 2008

La Henle Verlag ha pubblicato una edizione Urtext dei Dodici Walzer di Domenico Dragonetti (1763-1846), i primi sei dei quali erano già stati pubblicati da Josef Marx nel 1961 e 1976 a cura di Bertram Turetzky, in una buona edizione che confrontata a quella odierna presenta solo piccole differenze: alcune legature aggiunte nel n. 3, la soppressione dei mordenti presenti nel testo originale del n. 4, e l’aggiunta di acciaccature alle terzine del n. 5.

Archi, 2008

This excellent edition continues the same scholarly approach and quality printing that is found in an earlier Glöckler/Verlag release of Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf Kontrabasskonzert E-dur. … As with any Glöckler/G. Henle Verlag collaboration, past or future, this edition is a winner. The bass community anxiously awaits their next publication.

Bass World, 2008

Impaginazione, grafica e apparati critici e informativi sono all’altezza degli standard Henle.

Il Giornale della Musica, 2008

Como anteriormente ya habiá hecho con los famosos conciertos de Dittersdorf y Hoffmeister, Tobias Glöckler nos presenta una cuidada edición de los muy poco conocidos 12 Walzer de Domenico Dragonetti … Una edición de lujo, ejemplo de que las cosas están cambiando en el mundo del contrabajo.

Doce Notas, 2008

Erfreulicherweise verzichtet Glöckler auf Artikulationsanpassungen in den Parallelstellen.... entspricht diese Ausgabe so allen Erwartungen an eine zeitgenössische Urtextedition; das Vorwort und der Bericht sind beispielhaft verfasst. Verlag und Herausgeber führen damit ihre seit einigen Jahren anwachsende Reihe von Urtexteditionen der Sololiteratur für Kontrabass weiter. Lange Zeit wurden Urtextausgaben bei der Kontrabassliteratur, vermutlich auch aus ökonomischen Gründen, vernachlässigt. Die aktuelle Generation bestausgebildeter Kontrabassistinnen und Kontrabassisten wissen es sehr zu schätzen, dass der Henle-Verlag nun diese Lücke füllt.

Schweizer Musik Zeitung, 2009

With their rythmic drive and intricacies of bowing, they are achievable by an advanced high school student and attractive enough for a professional recital. Although the works were already available...This edition is valuable for its transparency of editing and clarity of presentation: one sees a text that is very close to what Dragonetti wrote and can largely verify, in the editorial notes, changes that were made. This edition continues the major contribution that Glöckler and Henle are making to classic double bass repertoire.

American String Teacher, 2008



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