Domenico Dragonetti, Claudio Marignon, Orchestra Di Padova E Del Vento, Ubaldo Fioravanti, Teodora Campagnaro – Dragonetti: Double Bass Concerto.

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Double Bass Concerto in G major, Op.1 (Dragonetti, Domenico)

Dragonetti came back to Vienna for an extensive stay in At the age of twelve, he concero placed under the tuition of Berini, the best master for the double bass in Venice, who decided after only eleven lessons that he could not teach the boy anything more. Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster.

Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it. He became very famous at the time, started playing solo pieces, which was exceptional at the time for the double bass, and even got elected as of the directors of a musical festival held for the coming of fourteen sovereign princes to the republic of Venice.

To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players. Inhe finally moved to London to play in the orchestra of the King’s Theatreand settled there for the remainder of his life.

He was acquainted with composers Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethovenwhom he visited on several occasions in Viennaand to whom he showed the possibilities of the double bass as a solo instrument. As remuneration for renouncing the offers and remaining as principal bassist with the orchestra of the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s in Venice an orchestra of considerable importancea decree made in gave Dragonetti a financial gratuity.


Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.

Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical

He died in his Leicester square lodgings at the age of 83 and was buried on 23 April in the vaults of the Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary, Moorfields. Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub. Liben Publishers,piano score p. The physical quality is his huge hand: Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength ddragonetti stamina. He is also remembered today for the Dragonetti bowwhich he evolved throughout his life.

At fourteen he was appointed principal double bass player in the Grand Opera Seria at the San Benedetto theatre. He finally joined the institution on 13 September as the last of the five double bass players of the Chapel with a yearly income of 25 ducats. Dragontti trip was therefore scheduled in When he died, the baass instruments were dispatched: He was an avid collector, and did indeed collect dolls, sometimes taking one along on trips to amuse the children, of whom he was very fond.

The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work.

Domenico Dragonetti

The unlucky contrabassists of orchestras had frequent occasions during the next few years to know that this new revelation of the powers and possibilities of their instrument to Dluble was not forgotten. At the Italian Opera orchestra, he met the cellist Robert Lindleywho became his close friend and with whom he shared the stand during fifty-two years. Views Read Edit View history. At the age of thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice.


By that time he had become notable throughout Europe and had turned down several opportunities, including offers from the Clncerto of Russia. He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got concert a salary raise in the Chapel. Similarly, it is reputed that Dragonetti was presented with an instrument made by Gasparo da Salo — by the Benedictine nuns who occupied St Peter’s monastery in Vicenza where Dragonetti lived and played in the Grand Opera.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. It was particularly important at a time when the role of the double bass in the orchestra was to assist the concertmaster in maintaining the cohesion and establishing the tempo.

On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter. He took part between andin forty-six concerts held by the Philharmonic Society of London. After only a doible months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end.

On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him in Vienna in domenicoo Many years afterwards Dragonetti related the following anecdote to Samuel Appleby, Esq.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Some were directly bequeathed by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include.