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The idea of writing a concerto for double bass comes from afar. Several double bass players had suggested the idea to me, and I have always been particularly open to it because of the special challenge of writing concertos for instruments that have a scarce repertoire. Moreover, I have always believed that the double bass is an instrument with numerous expressive possibilities yet to be discovered. In the orchestra, we are accustomed to hearing a double bass deep in the lower register playing long notes and a few pizzicatti. My challenge has been to write a concerto where all the registers of the double bass stand out, emphasizing the lyrical qualities of its fourth string, the deepness of sound of the first string, the special effects, harmonics, pizzicatti, glissandi,etc…all at the service of a concerto in which the orchestra has an important role, either in dialogue with, or accompanying, the soloist. (Salvador Brotons)
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