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David Heyes

David Heyes: Fanfare Festivo for double bass octet

David Heyes: Fanfare Festivo for double bass octet

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About the Composition

Fanfare Festivo was composed as a gift for Barry Green and his students at Ohio State University in Columbus (USA) for a Gala Concert on 3 October 2022. 

Scored for double bass octet and lasting around two minutes, the work is celebratory and triumphal, exploring the entire range of the double bass and using contrapuntal and antiphonal effects to create energy and contrast. The style is tonal, with a strong forward momentum, with an exciting and dramatic coda which should guarantee great applause. 

The fanfare is based on a repeating eight-bar chordal scheme, with a strong rhythmic energy and momentum, and could easily be played by massed forces. It was composed to be enjoyed by performers and audiences alike. 

Fanfare Festivo was premiered at Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio USA) on Monday 3 October 2022 by the Ohio State Buckeye Basses (Dallas Carpenter, Grace Cooper, Jimmy Perera, Cameron Lucas, Dirui Jiang, Jane Haberle, Braedon Salisbury, Samantha Marcrum, Jacqueline Marshall, Carson Wolf), conducted by Malik Khalfani. A second performance, with the same performers, took place at Ohio State University as part of an all strings departmental concert on Tuesday 4 October 2022 

About the Composer

David Heyes studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish, later at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with František Pošta (Principal Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 20 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, three times as chairman. 

David's collaborative work gained him a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher, and commissioner of new music for double bass and he works with composers throughout the world to expand the double bass repertoire by commissioning new music and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Since 1983 more than 700 works have been written for him, music from one to twenty basses and from beginner to virtuoso, and he has premiered ten contemporary concertos with orchestra. 

David began to compose in 2013 and has had music performed and recorded in 28 countries across five continents. He is a D'Addario Performing Artist and has recently commissioned a solo double bass from British master-luthier Martin Penning. 

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