||"Seven Double Bass Duets" were written in 1996 by Dave Anderson. Mvt. 1 = Kibbles & Kibitz; Mvt. 2 = Parade of the Politically Prudent Pigs; Mvt. 3 = Rush Hour; Mvt. 4 = Schgweik Fahrt; Mvt. 5 = Lament; Mvt. 6 = Blew Cheeze; Mvt. 7 = Gustav’s 11 O’Clock Dance. The composer writes:
"Bass players are always searching for new material. As far as duets go, we have raided the Bach 2 part inventions, Bartok violin duos, and many other sources from many musical periods. Modern composers have written some wonderful material, but bassist’s solo and chamber repertoire is still very small compared to all other string instruments. My bass teacher and mentor, Frank Proto, has written some excellent bass duets as well as clever transcriptions of superb repertoire.
When writing my bass duets, I could not avoid a humoristic approach. After all, we bassists are always regarded as accompanists and solos are viewed as a “lower” art. The range of our instrument is huge and I wanted to use all of it including the use of the low C (and B!) extension and high harmonics. Both parts are intentionally equal and the melodic material is passed back and forth.
The titles of my Seven Double Bass Duets obviously need some explanation: Kibbles & Kibbitz-a canine-inspired dialogue. Parade of the Politically Prudent Pigs-Jimi Hendrix and Sergei Prokofiev meet Rush Limbaugh. Rush Hour-7:30AM in downtown traffic, taxi horns, of course, but check out the twisted two part invention! Schweik Fahrt-dedicated to my colleagues in the American Society of University Composers (ASUC), a self-descriptive style for this type of composition*. The final measure is a complete musical representation of the movement’s title. Lament-the only serious movement, a lyric miniature, recently dedicated in memory of my first bass teacher, Tony Knight. Blew Cheeze-a funky Jaco Pastorious-inspired cheesy blues mixed with the ’I Dream of Jeannie’ groove and a little Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure. This one also has a 12-tone double time swing section and the cheesiest of endings. Gustav’s 11 o’clock Dance refers, not to Klimt, Holst, or Mahler, but to my cat Gustav, who seemed to lose his mind every night at eleven, tearing around the house in a psychotic hunting fantasy frenzy.
*(Just to note: Frank Zappa suggested that the ASUC "...change their name to Whole Earth Society of University Composers so that they would then be known as WESUC!!").
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