Publications

Franz Keyper Concerto no 2 for double bass and orchestra

This three-movement concerto in G is the best known of the seven double bass concertos by Franz Keyper (1756-1815) thanks to its rondo finale. All demonstrate a unique virtuoso style and, unusually for the classical period, were written for an instrument tuned in fourths. Keyper’s mastery of the instrument and composing for it developed through the concertos, and I Musicanti Publishing are making all seven available, in editions prepared by Leon Bosch.

JS Bach Arioso

This characteristically tranquil melody, here transcribed for double bass and piano, comes from the opening of Bach’s cantata ‘I stand with a foot in the grave’ – the title ‘Arioso’ was added much later. This transcription for double bass and piano has bowings and fingerings, suggested to underline its expressive effect, by Leon Bosch.

Rubinstein Romance

The lovely Romance by the Russian Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) was originally a miniature for piano, part of Six Soirées à Saint Petersbourg. With its tender, quietly impassioned melody, it was popularised by the cellists Casals and Piatigorsky. This transcription for double bass and piano has bowings and fingerings, suggested to underline its expressive effect, by Leon Bosch.

The decision about which works to transcribe is made for principled musical reasons rather than through a desire to shock or perform circus acts.

Cervera Elegia

The music for double bass and piano by the forgotten Catalan virtuoso Josep Cervera (1883-1969) has a characteristic blend of virtuosity, introspection and hints of the folk music he played as a bandleader. The six-minute Elegia has, in addition, a dramatic, almost operatic flavour.

Having helped discover the 60 or so works Cervera left at his family property, Leon Bosch is now making these available in performing editions for the first time through editions prepared for I Musicanti Publishing.

Felix Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song, arranged for double bass and piano by Leon Bosch

With its languid melody and rippling accompaniment, the second of Mendelssohn’s Six Songs, op 34 is a setting of a poem by Heinrich Heine in which the poet transports his beloved, on wings of song, to a faraway land of lotus flowers. In this transcription for double bass and piano by Leon Bosch, the suggested bowings and fingerings are personal ones but have chosen to underline the essence of the music.

Franz Keyper Concerto no 5 for double bass and orchestra

This three-movement concerto in G by Franz Keyper has a finale familiar to some in the form of his rondo for cello and double bass. Composer of seven concertos for double bass, Keyper demonstrate a unique virtuoso style and, unusually for the classical period, writes for an instrument tuned in fourths. His mastery of the instrument and composing for it developed through the concertos, and I Musicanti Publishing are making all seven available, in editions prepared by Leon Bosch.

Cervera Nocturno

The music for double bass and piano by the forgotten Catalan virtuoso Josep Cervera (1883-1969) has an enchanting blend of virtuosity, introspection and hints of the folk music he played as a bandleader. The short Nocturno, with its pensive lyrical character, is no different.

Having helped discover the 60 or so works Cervera left at his family property, Leon Bosch is now making these available in performing editions for the first time through editions prepared for I Musicanti Publishing.

Cervera Berceuse

The music for double bass and piano by the forgotten Catalan virtuoso Josep Cervera (1883-1969) has an enchanting blend of virtuosity, introspection and hints of the folk music he played as a bandleader. Although entitled Berceuse, this short piece with its extensive melodic range is more bedtime story than cradle song.

Having helped discover the 60 or so works Cervera left at his family property, Leon Bosch is now making these available in performing editions for the first time through editions prepared for I Musicanti Publishing.