Thanks to its skilful combination of Romantic melody and sparkling virtuosity, Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto op. 3 has been one of the most popular works of its genre since its Moscow premiere in 1905. No wonder, for the virtuoso double bass player Koussevitzky had composed it for his very own instrument. As early as 1906/07 a first piano reduction was published in Moscow, followed by a second in 1910 in Leipzig. However, both contain so many mistakes in the solo part that there is still uncertainty about the correct musical text in many passages to this day. The double bass player Tobias Glöckler has therefore prepared his Urtext edition using several sources: as well as the manuscript performance material and the piano reductions published during the composer’s lifetime, he has also studied recordings with Koussevitzky as soloist – thereby finally producing a thoroughly-researched Urtext edition of the orchestral score and piano reduction of this classic of the double bass literature. As with all double bass concertos published by Henle Publishers, this edition also contains the piano reduction by Christoph Sobanski in two keys (E minor and F sharp minor) for performance with solo or orchestral tuning.
- Double Bass Concerto op. 3
Thanks to its skilful balance of high-romantic melody and effective virtuoso passages, the Double Bass Concerto op. 3 of Serge Koussevitzky (1874–1951) is among the best-known and most-played concertos for this instrument. At the same time, several myths continue to surround it. There is continuing controversy over whether Koussevitzky is actually its author, while the … more