Double Bass Concerto
composer: Gavin Bryars
"Farewell to St. Petersburg"
Premiere: 21. September 2002 Glasgow
Instrumentation: double bass and orchestra
Orchestra Instrumentation: 2.0.1.bcl.1.cbsn-188.8.131.52-timp.2perc(glsp, crot, vib, tub bells, tam-t, b.d)-hp-str(0.0.6.4.2 preferred)
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Duration: 27' 0''
Year of composition: 2002
Edition: piano reduction with solo part
36 Pages - Saddle stitching
Order number: ED 12932
Written for Duncan McTier, this concerto has the unusual addition of an optional male voice choir. Many Russian elements influenced Bryars when he was writing the piece, not least the text for the bass voices which is taken from Glinka’s song cycle Farewell to St Petersburg. Bryars writes ‘The orchestration is quite light throughout, so that the singing quality of the double bass can emerge. The emphasis in terms of tessitura is on the middle register, though in the closing section there is a passage in natural harmonics. Although the piece is not designed to be a virtuoso showpiece, there is a brief cadenza in which the soloist is supported at times by other solo instruments (bass clarinet, viola, cello, bass).’