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BOTTESINI – Elegia
Views Read Edit View history. List of compositions by Giovanni Bottesini. Born in Crema, Bottesiihe was taught the rudiments of music by his father, an accomplished clarinetist and composer, at a young age and had played timpani in Crema with the Teatro Sociale before the age of eleven. Bottesini was botfesini acclaimed, and his virtuosic skill in the bass paralleled that of Paganini himself on the violin.
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This money financed the acquisition of an instrument of Carlo Giuseppe Testoreand a globe-trotting career as “the Paganini of the Double Bass” was launched. Giovanni Bottesini 22 December — 7 Julywas an Italian Romantic composer, conductor, and a double bass virtuoso. In he made his first appearance in England, playing double bass solos at one of the Musical Union concerts. It nearly met its end in the s as it sat backstage in a marionette theater bogtesini Milan.
His father sought a place for him in the Milan Conservatorybut due to the Bottesini family’s lack of money, Bottesini needed a scholarship.
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Retrieved from ” https: Bottesini purchased the Testore in for lire. Shortly before his death, in he was appointed director of Parma Conservatory on Verdi’s recommendation. Only two positions were available: He prepared a successful audition for the double bass scholarship in a matter of weeks.
In and he conducted in Palermo, supervising the production of his opera Marion Delorme inand in in Barcelona. Bottesini was also one of the first performers to adopt the French-style bow grip for the double bass.
When conducting opera, Bottesini would frequently bring his double bass on stage during the intermission to play fantasies on the evening’s opera. Only bottesni years later, a surprisingly short time by the standards of the day, he left with a prize of francs for solo playing. This style was previously used solely by violinists, violists and cellists.
He also wrote The Garden of Oliveta devotional oratorio libretto by Joseph Bennettwhich was produced at the Norwich festival ineleven string quartets, a quintet for string quartet and double bass, and many works for the double bass, including two concertos for solo double bass, the Gran Duo Concertante originally for two double basses, Passione Amorosa for two double basses, and numerous pieces for double bass and piano.
This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Most notably there are many virtuoso bass players who draw inspiration from the early renaissance of the double bass. At the conservatory, he studied with Luigi Rossi, to whom he would later dedicate his Tre grandi duetti per contrabasso.
He studied violin with Carlo Cogliati, and probably would have continued on this instrument except for a unique turn of events. Because of the boytesini of Bottesini along with those of Sperger and Dragonetti to bass technique, many have come to view the double bass as a diverse and versatile instrument. After this he made frequent visits to England, and his extraordinary command of his unwieldy instrument gained him great popularity in London and the provinces.
It was built by Carlo Antonio Testore in Here his first opera, Cristoforo Colombowas produced in His fantasies on Lucia di LammermoorI puritani and Beatrice di Tenda are virtuosic tours de force that are still popular with those who are highly accomplished on the instrument.
On leaving Milan, he spent some time in America and also occupied the position of principal double-bass in slegia Italian opera at Havana, where he later became director. Eventually, it was changed back to a four-string configuration and is now in the possession of a private collector in Japan.
During these years he diversified the toils of conducting by repeated concert tours through Europe. Bottesini died in Parma on 7 July February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Bottesini’s bass was said to eoegia a unique instrument with a remarkable sound. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.
His solo works remain standard botteini for accomplished double bassists to this day. The instrument was owned by several unknown bass players. The Testore bass was later converted back to a four-stringed instrument, and then to a three.