Giovanni Bottesini was one of the foremost virtuoso double bass players in history and a major contributor to the development of the technique of that instrument. His compositions are also the foundation of the rather small repertoire for that instrument. His father, Pietro, was a clarinetist and minor composer, and the boy learned the basics of music from him. He sang in local choirs and played timpani in the opera theater orchestra. He studied violin with Carlo Cogliati, a leading violinist in town. On learning that there were two scholarships at the Milan Conservatory, one for a bassoon student and the other for a bass player, Giovanni applied himself to learning the later instrument. By mid-summer he had mastered it will enough to earn the scholarship. He studied bass with Luigi Rossi, and also took harmony, counterpoint, and ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Elegy for double bass & piano No. 1 in D major 1870 04:43 Chamber Music
Gran Duo Concertante for violin (or clarinet), double bass & orchestra (or piano) 1880 14:17 Concerto Chamber Music
Reverie, for double bass & piano 1870 03:32 Chamber Music
Capriccio di Bravura for double bass & piano 08:42 Chamber Music
Introduction and Gavotte, for double bass & piano in A major 05:01 Chamber Music
Double-bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor 15:47 Concerto
Passione Amorose, for 2 double basses & piano 12:38 Chamber Music
Introduction and Bolero, for double bass & piano (or orchestra) 08:28 Chamber Music
Gran Concerto for double bass in F sharp minor 23:26 Concerto
Grand Duetto No. 2, for 2 double basses 24:40 Chamber Music
Tarantella for double bass & piano in A minor 05:40 Chamber Music
Introduzione e Variazioni sul "Carnevale di Venezia", for double bass & piano 09:49 Chamber Music
Romanza Drammatica, for double bass & piano 08:01 Chamber Music
Fantasia on Bellini's La Sonnambula, for double bass & piano (or orchestra) 09:16 Concerto
Fantasia on "Lucia di Lammermoor" for double bass & piano 10:03 Chamber Music
Allegretto Capriccio, for double bass & strings in F sharp minor ("à la Chopin") 03:32 Chamber Music Concerto
Fantasia on "Beatrice di Tenda" for double bass & piano 11:07 Concerto
Elegia and Tarantella for double bass & strings in D major 10:31 Chamber Music
Allegro di Concerto alla Mendelssohn, for double bass & piano 12:08 Concerto
Fantasia sulla "Straniera di Bellini" for double bass & orchestra 11:23 Concerto
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