FRANTIŠEK HERTL | 30 Miniatures for double bass and piano | Part 4: miniatures 19 - 24 | DOUBLE BASS & PIANO
FILE FORMAT: PDF | 300 dpi | 41 pages
RELEASE: world's first release, composer's original text (Urtext)
SCORES: Double Bass 2x | Piano (score)
SCORDATURA: in C (GDAE) | in D (AEBF#)
SOURCE: original composer's handwritten text, compositions by F. Hertl are copyright protected until 2043
TRANSPOSED PIANO PART (DISCONTINUED): Although the "30 Miniatures" were intended for performance on double bass tuned in “orchestral tuning” GDAE, it was surprising how well the performance in “solo tuning” AEBF# worked. The results were this way surprisingly good and way better than when the piano part was transposed one tone higher. In comparison to some other double bass composers, Hertl obviously composed these works on the piano, so playability on the fingerboard was certainly not his decisive criteria (although he gave it a little more thought in some miniatures). The first editions have also included a piano part transposed one tone higher. Over time, it became evident that playability on the piano in this way was often problematic. Some works (in keys with many sharps) were very difficult to read on the piano when transposed. Transposed keys sounded often less convincing than the original ones. Since the transposed double bass part has proved to be a much better solution in practice, the transposed piano part has been discontinued in the meantime (although earlier releases have included it). On the double bass in solo tuning, only few single notes (the low E) will be out of reach. This can be solved by tuning the lowest string to E instead of F#. Otherwise one can simply perform the low E an octave higher. Such situations occur rarely, although the "30 Miniatures" are composed in a much lower register than one is used to from other solo works for double bass.
COMPOSITIONS: 19. Česká, 20. Valčík (A little valse), 21. Meditace, 22. Elegie, 23. Capriccietto and 24. Lístek do památniku (A card for the pocket book)
PIECES 19-24: After ca 2.5 years of interruption, I was finally able to continue with the release of "30 Miniatures" late in 2020 and starting completing this project. Composer's manuscripts were temporarily not available and I have needed them very much for this high quality edition, because after digitalizing the music, every note of every single bar needed to be checked and controlled again. This final stage of work has included also many corrections of little errors done by the composer under time pressure. This item includes the fourth "six-pack" with miniatures 19-24. These six miniatures are musically very peaceful and more meditative than the other parts and already released "six-packs" of the edition.
This release is a charity project. Composer's daughter, Ms Květa Hertlová lives in Prague on tight budget, so all three of us who contributed to this release (Prof. Jiří Hudec, composer Jiří Gemrot and myself) have decided to forward 100% of the turnover of F. Hertl's compositions to his daughter, we are sure it would please the composer. At the same time, it makes me very happy and proud to contribute with this release to the enrichment of the concert literature for double bass.
Extremely high PDF resolution (a screenshot):
Hertl's original map of the 30 Miniatures:
19. Česká, CD recording by Jiří Hudec (double bass) and Jaromír Klepáč (piano):
20. Valčík (A little valse), CD recording by Jiří Hudec (double bass) and Jaromír Klepáč (piano):
22. Elegie, CD recording by Jiří Hudec (double bass) and Jaromír Klepáč (piano):
BEFORE YOU BUY: please mind that complete edition of all 30 miniatures is considerably cheaper than buying all five single parts. You can find complete version of all 30 miniatures by F. Hertl by visiting THIS PAGE
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