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Vanhal double bass concerto

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by klystephen, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. klystephen


    Oct 31, 2006
    I always wonder why the Vanhal double bass concerto has 2 different keys, in C and D. What original key of this piece should be? Anyone can explain? Thank you very much.
  2. neilG


    Jun 15, 2003
    Ventura, CA
    The concerto was originally written in Eb major. A player, at that time using Viennese tuning (A-D-F#-A) would tune up a half step (Bb-Eb-G-Bb) and read it in D . In C major (D with "solo" tuning) you have the same relationship of notes on the top string as you would if you were in Viennese tuning, which makes it easier to read for the modern player. I guess players never wanted to tune their solo string up another half step.

    Original- Double Bass Concerto in E-flat major (Vanhal, Johann Baptist) - IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
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  3. MusikFind1


    Mar 12, 2012
    Vandal Double Bass Concerto NEW CRITICAL EDITION
    Breitkopf Urtext edited by Tobias Glöckler
    in Cooperation with G. Henle Verlag.

    Full Score PB 15143 • 19,90 € $34.00
    Performance material OB 15143 completely available for sale

    OB 15143 harpsichord/piano
    ISMN: 979-0-004-34216-9 (12 Seiten, 25 x 32 cm, 69 g, Softcover) €12.90 $22.00

    OB 15143 violin 1
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    OB 15143 viola
    ISMN: 979-0-004-34202-2 (4 Seiten, 25 x 32 cm, 36 g, Softcover) €4.50 $7.75

    OB 15143 violoncello/double bass
    ISMN: 979-0-004-34203-9 (8 Seiten, 25 x 32 cm, 52 g, Softcover) €4.50 $7.75

    OB 15143 wind parts
    ISMN: 979-0-004-34204-6 (16 Seiten, 25 x 32 cm, 90 g, Folder) €18.90 $32.25

    EB 10979 edition for db,pno (equal to HN 979) by Christoph Sobanski
    ISMN: 979-0-2018-0979-3 (100 Seiten, 23,5 x 31 cm, 393 g, Softbound) €25.50

    Pub. Breitkopf & Haertel
    Available from:
    VANHAL, Johann Baptist (1739-1813) - Concerto for Double Bass in D (Urtext). G. HENLE

    VANHAL, Johann Baptist (1739-1813) - Concerto for Double Bass (C & D major)
    (Urtext). G. HENLE HN00979 $39.95
    Piano reduction in C and D major; double bass bass parts for solo, orchestra and "Viennese tuning" with cadenzas, fingering and bowing by Gloeckler; additional cadenzas by Sperger.

    The unbroken popularity of Vanhal's sole double bass concerto in competitions and for practice and concert purposes is reason enough for us to publish the work in Breitkopf Urtext. The new edition profits from Tobias Glöckler's experience of many years. As with the other great double-bass concertos of the classical Viennese repertoire (Dittersdorf, Hoffmeister), Glöckler arrives at convincing solutions. He began by filtering out a solid musical text from the source (which was not always free of contradictions) that was supplied with many additions. The disposition of the solo part required detailed knowledge of performance practice, since the work was written in the historical Viennese double bass tuning, and a few passages cannot be played without difficulty on a modern instrument. As with Dittersdorf and Hoffmeister, the piano reduction makes it possible to use three different double-bass tunings (solo, orchestral and Viennese). Moreover, it contains the editor's virtuoso cadenzas as well.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016

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