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did bottesini write....

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by tbassist4, Sep 18, 2005.


  1. Did bottesin write his own piano accompaniment for his elegies? just a question ive been wondering about...
     
  2. Yes.
     
  3. FractalUniverse

    FractalUniverse Guest

    Jan 26, 2002
    Valparaíso, Chile
    piano was the instrument of the period(XIX), if you didn't knew how to play it a la great soloist, you weren't then a respectable musician or something like that.
     
  4. bassozgur

    bassozgur

    Nov 14, 2005
    of course :hyper: :bassist:
     
  5. While he, Bottesini, was writing his own accompaniments how, in what intervals, was he tuning his bass?
    Anyone?
     
  6. As far as I know, he played with a three stringed bass tuned A-D-G top to bottom. I'm probably wrong.
     
  7. jvillarreal

    jvillarreal

    Oct 7, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    Paul: No, I think you're right. The three string bass (i.e. bass without an E string) was in fashion in certain places at certain times. Bottesini was one of its proponents, as were some other great composers. I believe even as late a Berlioz the bass was used and thought of highly.
     
  8. jazzbassnerd

    jazzbassnerd

    Aug 26, 2002
    I would be surprised if he tuned his bass in fifths. My guess is that you meant bottom to top. After playing some of his 2nd concerto, it really seems that his instrument would be tuned in fourths.
     
  9. If I recall, Thomas Martin claims Bottesini would have played his second concerto in C minor.
     
  10. jazzbassnerd

    jazzbassnerd

    Aug 26, 2002
    Very interesting.
     
  11. jvillarreal

    jvillarreal

    Oct 7, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    He would have played it in C minor, but only because he was using a higher scordatura. The notes on the page would still have been in A minor like the rest of us. Ahh, the wonders of gut strings....
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It's still the case that if you want to study music at the very highest level, then you must play piano.
     
  13. i study piano! lol
    i'm trying to improve my reading skills, that's so important!
     
  14. Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    May 8, 2002
    Austin, TX
    He wrote his own Operas too.
     
  15. jvillarreal

    jvillarreal

    Oct 7, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    ... and premiered Aida in Cairo complete with live elephants!
     
  16. live elephants!!! :eek:
     
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well I think dead ones would have been a bit gross.....;)
     
  18. jvillarreal

    jvillarreal

    Oct 7, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    not if they were taxidermied properly
     
  19. Man. That would require a lot of sawdust.
     
  20. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Stuffing on an industrial scale!! ;)