Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti (7 April – 16 April ) was an Italian double bass One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. When in Vicenza for an engagement at the Grand Opera there, he acquired. Dragonetti Concerto for Double Bass and Piano. edited by David Walter. In this high-quality publication, esteemed bassist and pedagogue David Walter offers a . of one of the most popular double bass works Son, Ltd., Liben has been able to produce a totally new edition of this staple of the double bass repertoire.
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One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work. He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. He is also remembered today for the Dragonetti bowwhich he evolved throughout his life.
At the Italian Opera orchestra, he met the cellist Robert Lindleywho became his close friend and with whom he shared the bzss during fifty-two years.
He was now – in the spring ofso far as the means are at hand basss determining the time – returning to London from a visit to his native city, Venice, and his route took him to Vienna, where he remained several weeks. Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He was an avid collector, and did indeed collect dolls, sometimes taking one along on trips to amuse the children, of whom he was very fond. He took part between andin forty-six concerts held by the Philharmonic Society of London. Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical world in London. At the age of twelve, he was placed under the tuition of Berini, the best master for the double bass in Venice, who decided after only eleven lessons that he could not teach the boy anything more.
Because of Dragonetti’s unprecedented virtuosity bwss a soloist, attractive offers of work were made from both London and Moscow. After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end.
Double Bass Concerto in G major, Op.1 (Dragonetti, Domenico)
In his remains were bqss to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley. Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. He wrote piano accompaniments to some of his concert pieces, and they maintained a lifelong correspondence. A hand endowed with five fingers so long, big and agile, that all five, including the bent thumb, go up and down the fingerboard each playing a note.
He was acquainted with composers Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethovenwhom he visited on several occasions in Viennaand to whom he showed the possibilities of the double bass as a solo instrument.
In fifty years, he became a prominent figure in the musical events of the English concerti, performing at the concerts of the Philharmonic Society of London as well as in more private events, where he would meet the most influential persons in the country, like the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster. To this day, the dravonetti of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players.
He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. This page was last edited on 8 Augustat Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.
At the age of 82, Dragonetti visited Bonn in August to participate in the 3-day music festival held as part of the inauguration of the Beethoven Monument there. The unlucky contrabassists cpncerto orchestras had frequent occasions during the next few years to know that this new revelation of the powers and possibilities of their instrument to Beethoven was not forgotten.
Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia
His ability on the instrument also demonstrated the relevance of writing scores for the double bass in the orchestra separate from that of the cellowhich was the common rule at the time.
Retrieved from dragohetti https: He finally joined the institution on 13 September as the last of the five double bass players of the Chapel with a yearly income of 25 ducats.
This was not at all standard in these times, as most players used to play – in one position – one note with the index finger, and one with the other three fingers in combination. He never did learn to speak English, expressing himself in a mixture of Italian, English, French and Venetian dialect, but was an astute businessman, and in fact, helped his surviving family in Venice financially.
By that time he had become notable throughout Europe and had turned down several opportunities, including offers from the Tsar of Russia. Concerto for double bass and piano.
Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it. Inhe finally moved to London to play in the orchestra of the King’s Theatreand settled there for the remainder of his life.
Many years afterwards Dragonetti related the following anecdote to Samuel Appleby, Esq. On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him in Vienna in In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C.
The premiere of this work, as well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December in the University’s Festsaal, with Dragonetti leading the double basses. On that second trip he became friends with composer Simon Sechterwho would become the court organist inand professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatorium in He was offered another position to the Tsar of Russia, which he declined after the procurators of St Mark increased his salary to an exceptional 50 ducats.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The story that he kept and often traveled with a collection of life-sized cloth mannequins, bringing them to his concerts and having them placed in front row seats of theaters, and even introducing one of these dolls as his wife, is completely unsubstantiated. He had huge hands with strong, broad fingers, which allowed him to play with a taller bridge and strings twice as far from the fingerboard as the other bassists.
It was particularly important at a time when the role of the double bass in the orchestra was to assist the concertmaster in maintaining the cohesion and establishing the tempo. When he died, the following instruments were dispatched: He soon became the principal bassist. That leave was extended for three more years afterwards, but finally Dragonetti never returned to Venice for more than a brief period during the French occupation of the city, Views Read Edit View history.
Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. Beethoven played his part, with his eyes immovably fixed upon his companion, and, in the finale, where the arpeggios occur, was so delighted and excited that at the close he sprang up and threw his arms around both player and instrument”.