Oscar Zimmerman Solos for the Double Bass Player – Quantum Bass Market
Zimmerman, Oscar (ed.) - Solos for the Double Bass Player - Quantum Bass Market

Zimmerman, Oscar (ed.) - Solos for the Double Bass Player

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TA DA! A new feature on our web store, thanks to the generosity of our renowned education expert Mike Fleming: we are adding the relevant UIL data to sheet music selections. See below for specifics.

A very popular collection, quite useful in the library of every bassist, 'Solos for the Double Bass Player - with Piano Accompaniment' contains 16 works in a variety of styles, accessible by intermediate and advanced players. Expertly collected, arranged and edited by the legendary
Oscar Zimmerman (about whom you should totally know, so read the link, if you don't), housed in a jaunty cover with, incongruously, multiple views of a cello. What is up with that?

In just one collection, you'll receive:
Bourée from the Third Suite for Unaccompanied Cello (J.S. Bach). WITH accompaniment. AND, even though it's titled 'Bouree', you actually get BOTH Bouree No. 1 AND Bouree No. 2. Don't say we don't give you more for your money. Where else can you get the accompaniment for an unaccompanied piece?
- Grave (Evaristo F. dall'Abaco) It's not GRAYVE. It's GRAHHH-VAY. That means "slow", pretty much, at least according to the musical terms list on the inside pocket of Selmer band folders.
- Concerto, 1st movement
- in g minor - transcribed from the same violin concerto that appears in the Suzuki Violin repertoire. That's right, we get to play the same fun concerto our violinist friends are always cranking on, and it's even in a more bass-friendly key. So there.
- Prelude and Allegro from the Sonata in G major (Jean Francois d'Andrieu). It's a baroque piece.
- Sonata in c minor (originally for oboe, but we got that fixed) (Georg Frideric Handel) - the entire thing, all 4 movements!
- Sonatina, and
- Minuet (Ludwig van Beethoven) the sources for these transcriptions aren't named. We looked. And looked, and looked. We practically googled our fingers to the bone, but though these PROBABLY were not originally written for the bass, we can neither confirm nor deny it. Really, how hard can it be? It's Beethoven. His catalogue is fairly well known. All we can say at press time is they are nice pieces to play, and we'll keep looking for their origins.
- Elegy in D, and
- Andante from Concerto No. 2 (Giovanni Bottesini) Two works that are fundamental in our repertoire.
- Aria from 'Rigoletto' (Giuseppe Verdi). This is only sort of a solo, because it's for one cello and one bass, and it's actually an opera excerpt. Close enough. It's a piece we all have to learn sooner or later, and it has a nice melody. I don't know why they say those things about Verdi.
- Adagio from the Concerto for Contrabass, Op. 32 (Johann Geissel) Johann Geissel was a late romantic composer, about whom little is written, but this is not his only work for the bass.
- Vocalise (Sergey Vassilievitch Rachmaninoff) is a song without words. It has been arranged for numerous instruments as well as for full orchestra. It was first published as a vocal piece for soprano or tenor (I think you have to pick one or the other, I don't know if you can sing both) - there's an unsubstantiated legend that it was originally composed for the double bass, but we like to say that about a lot of nice pieces.
- Romance from 'Lieutenant Kije' (Sergey Sergeyevitch Prokofiev) originally composed as a film score, and performed as a ballet, the music from 'Lieutenant Kije' was also published as a suite, of which this well-known Romance, featuring the bass, is taken.
- Infroduction and Tarantelle (Carlo Franchi) Franchi was a classical-era opera compser, which will be evident from this piece. It's dripping with drama.
- Serenade from the Sonata for Bass and Piano (Thomas Beveridge) Beveridge is an orchestral and choral composer - this piece was published 1963.
- Chaconne (Armand Russell) Dr. Russell is a professional orchestra bassist and composer, with several well-known works for the bass. This is a great selection for every bassist to learn.

Act now, and you'll also receive the piano accompiament part along with the bass part, for one low price!
And bless you, Mr. Zimmerman - it's all for standard orchestra tuning. You don't have to buy this book AND a set of solo strings. Of course, you can, if you want to. Not that we wouldn't want to sell you a set of solo strings. But seriously, solo tuning is a PITA. Tune up, tune down, change your strings...how many violinists do you think would put up with it? It's sooooo....pre 'Finale'. Meaning you can have your music printed out in any key, so you can change the part, not your bass. Unless you want to. It's fine. We have no opinion.

UIL Solo and Ensemble information: many of these works are on the grade 1 and 2 Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble Prescribed Music List (your state may vary). (The numbers in parentheses are the grade classification on the Texas UIL S&E list for 2013 - 14. Selections without a number are not on the list)
Bouree (J.S. Bach) ( 1 )
Grave (Evaristo F. dall'Abaco) ( 1 )
Concerto, 1st movt. (Antonio Vivaldi) ( 1)
Prelude and Allegro (d'Andrieu) ( 1 )
Sonata in C Minor (Handel) ( 1 )
Sonatina (Beethoven) ( 2 )
Minuet (Beethoven) ( 2 )
Elegy in D (Bottesini) ( 1 )
Andante from Concerto #2 (Bottesini) ( 1 )
Aria from
Rigoletto (Verdi) ( 2 )
Adagio (Geissel) ( 1 )
Vocalise (Rachmaninoff) -
Romance (Prokofiev) -
Introduction and Tarentelle (Franchi) -
Serenade (Beveridge) -
Chaconne (Russell). ( 2 )