Announcement for the concert season 2019/2020
Dear followers, after having completed a few major recording projects, I have a little more time and joy to play some concerts as a soloist again. There will be in October 2019 already two different programmes: a full chamber music programme nearby Dusseldorf (D) and a workshop with half-recital in Bavaria (D) | a half recital, performance as a soloist with orchestra (in cooperation with the BBC Manchester) and a masterclass within the string festival at the RNCM in Manchester in January 2020 | a recital in Sion (CH) in July 2020 | a full recital with Hansjacob Staemmler (piano) at the festival in Ljubljana (SLO) in July 2020 etc.
The details with the links will appear here soon
FRIDAY, MAY 31st, 2019
MUSIKHOCHSCHULE FREIBURG (D) - "CONCOURS DE PARIS" 1895-2006
Programme: original pieces for double bass & piano written mainly throughout the 20th century for the competition "Concours du Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris" (1895-2006), read here more about the competition (please take with humor the "English version" on this external site and use a translator instead)
Artists: students from Božo Paradžik's double bass class (Božo Paradžik's participation within the recital is also scheduled)
Compositions for double bass & piano by: Eugène Bigot, Mel Bonis, Henri Büsser, Jacques Castérède, Charles Chaynes, Alfred Desenclos, André Dulaurens, Serge Lancen, Alain Margoni, Marcel Mirouze and Victor Serventi
Božo Paradžik's comment:
The last big recital when most of the students from my double bass class have participated was back in 2015 and it has included the performances of the eighteen -mostly unknown- original romantic compositions for double bass & piano. While Simandl's Method was reprinted many times, the supplementary nine notebooks haven't been published ever again for over 100 years. The Cefes Edition has finally re-printed them all 2014-15. We have celebrated the rebirth of the nearly-forgotten literature in a musical way: I have organized a concert end of 2015, where each of my students has performed only one or two pieces from these 9 notebooks with over 50 compositions. The concert had total duration of about 2 hours. The concert was recorded and it caused a lot of interest worldwide after the recording was uploaded on YouTube:
The next such event is scheduled on May 31, 2019, where one more time the majority of students from my double bass class will participate with a performance of only 1-2 works. This time, my own participation is also scheduled. It will be again a long recital programme with mostly unknown original compositions for double bass & piano composed in France during the 20th century. All those pieces are composed for the competition of the graduating students of the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris. Common to these works is that they are skillfully composed for the piano and that they are mostly multipartite: they all have a slow part, a fast part and a short cadenza. Some of these compositions contain three parts plus a cadenza. Stylistically, the works are very different, you will find pretty much everything between the purely romantic sounds, then typical impressionist harmonies and whole-tone scales until a bit more "modern" forms and harmonies for that time (albeit still quite conservative from our point of view today) where some pieces experiment with slightly abstract harmonies, jazz and swing elements, half-improvisation, etc. The works also differ very strongly in character, the audience will be able to enjoy pretty much the whole pallet from humorous to profound.
Many of Božo Paradžik's earlier projects and performances have been recorded and can be watched any time on Božo Paradžik's YouTube channel