Reccomend me some..

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Pastorius43, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. Classical music:) I've just been getting into it pretty recently, I don't know too much about it. I've just heard of Beethoven, Mozart, Hayden, Bach, and a few others. I'd also like some reccomendations on Double Bass repituar(sp) like concetos for double bass,works focusing on double bass, etc. Also, some must have classical recordings, string quartets, anything really...

  2. Well, if you like reading, you should go to your local library and check out one of those introduction to classical music type books. I wouldn't know where to begin in answering your question.

    I personally really love Shostakovich. Try listening to his 5th Symphony, 8th String Quartet, first Violin Concerto and first Cello Concerto.
  3. Edgar Meyer - Meyer & Bottesini Concertos

    Edgar Meyer - Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites Performed on Double Bass
  4. I'll look into getting one of those today. I'll see if they have any of Shostakovich's stuff at the library too.

    Thanks :)
  5. While you're at it, look for some of these. These are pretty much standard Bass Audition repetoir

    Orchestral Solos:
    Mahler, Symphony No.
    Prokofiev, Lt. Kije Suite
    Ginastera, Variaciones Concertante
    Haydn, Symphony No. 31
    Stravinsky, Pulcinella

    Orchestral Literature:
    Bach, Suite No. 2, Double and Badinerie
    Bach, Violin Concerto In E major
    Mozart, Symphony No. 40
    Mozart, Symphony No. 39
    Haydn, Symphony No. 88
    Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
    Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
    Brahms, Symphony No. 2
    Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5
    Mahler, Symphony No. 5
    Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
    Strauss, Don Juan
  6. Oh man. How on earth are we supposed to know which one you're talking about?
  7. Sorry, The Bass Solo from Mahler 1, 3rd movement, the
    frere' jaques in minor key. Also, Lt. Kije, the wedding part.
  8. Chrix


    Apr 9, 2004
    I'm personally a 20th century music junky. Try out some Ligeti (Lotano, Chamber Concerto). Stravinsky's Right of Spring or Firebird. George Crumb's Black Angels, Ancient Voices of Children, and Vox Balaenae are some of my favourites. Steve Reich's Drumming and Music for 18 are great. Also try some Schoenberg, Hindemith, Holst, Cage...

    But those are my choices, at any rate. The classics are always great. Try Mahler 1, 4 and 8. (All of his are great, but I'm a bit partial to these).
  9. Thanks a ton to all of you. Especially reedo and Chrix :)

    Thanks again
  10. My favorite orchestral piece is Pines of Rome by Respighi... there is no prominant bass part, but the 4th mvt is absolutley incredible...
  11. Chrix


    Apr 9, 2004
    Glad to help.
  12. You should check out Elgar. As far as Concertos go, you can find (maybe online) Gary Karr's Virtuoso Contrabass Concerto cd. Also, anything with Edgar Meyer's name on it is guaranteed to be incredible. And Bottesini wrote a lot of great solo literature for the bass, check him out.
  13. Yeah, I love Edgar. Without him i wouldn't be playing double bass today. Thanks for reccomending Gary Karr. I looked him up, wow, his tone is amazing.
  14. No, man, he's talking about ELGAR, as in Edward "pomp and Circumstance" and Cello concerto in E" Elgar.
  15. The irony is too delicious. I refuse to correct you.
  16. sibass89


    Jan 29, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    I would suggest listening beyond great bass music. After all just because we are bass players doesn't mean that we should only listen to bass music.

    Every symphony Mahler ever wrote (in my mind) is incredible. I especially enjoy his 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th.

    I really enjoy Strauss. His tone poems are amazing. Don Juan, Don Quixote, Hamlet, etc.

    Check out some Tchaikovsky. His 6 symphonies are great and are so incredible to listen to because there are movements and pieces for no matter what mood you are in, and his first movement usually consist of these absolutely amazing off beat waltzes.

    Check out some violin music. Tchaikovsky Concerto is great, as well as Elgar, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Beethoven, and probably the most perfect of all time - Mendelssohn (his symphonies are great too).

    Get some piano music too! Lizst wrote some amazing pieces. Also the Saint-Saens piano concerto is another incredible concerto. Chopin waltzes and Rachmaminoff's piano concertos are great.

    I think this is a good place to start.

    P.S. Of course the obvious that have been mentioned like the last Mozart symphonies (35-41) and all the Beethoven symphonies.
  17. Pcocobass


    Jun 16, 2005
    New York
    I really like the late Beethoven string quartets. That's some beautiful music.
  18. Of course, Beethoven's 9th Symphony is pretty important in bass literature because of that exposed Chorale soli section in the beginning. That would be something good to look at, since it shows up in a lot of orchestral auditions and stuff like that.

    Also, I think someone mentioned the Mahler frere' jaques bass solo? Biggest musical joke of all time.....take frere' jaques, lower the third by half a step, then give the solo to a bass player. Gotta love that......It's about as funny as Saint-Saens' "The Elephant".
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    All of Mahler's symphonies are essential listening!! :)

    But there have been many threads with classical recommendations - so I'm not going to post all mine again - that's what the Search function is for!! ;)
  20. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Pastorious 34,
    It's been quite a while since I was in college but I had my favorite solo pieces for bass and I still like them. I'll include some orchestral peices as well.

    The Fuchs Sonata for Double Bass is a real gem

    Gary Carr's recording of the Alec Wilder Sonata for Double Bass.

    Gordon Jacobs Suite for DB


    All four Brahms Symphonies, Great Bass Parts!

    Don Juan by Richard Strauss. Killer Bass Part.

    Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky

    Gustav Holst's, Saint Paul Suite and The Planets

    Samuel Barbers String Quartet.