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Eric Funk: Celebrations Book 7: Seven Pieces for Unaccompanied Double Bass

Eric Funk: Celebrations Book 7: Seven Pieces for Unaccompanied Double Bass

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About the Book

Celebrations Book 7 brings together seven exciting, evocative and inventive works for unaccompanied double bass by American composer Eric Funk. Composed over the past few years, each piece celebrates a specific bassist, commemoration, or anniversary, and all are aimed at the adventurous intermediate bassist. 

Eric Funk has composed a colorful and impressive number of works for double bass, and each work is beautifully crafted until every musical detail and nuance is perfect. None outstay their welcome, and each piece offers musical and technical challenges in equal measure written in a contemporary but accessible and approachable idiom. 

Table of Contents

1. Trochu Rondo Op.141 - composed for Pošta 100 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of František Pošta (1919-1991) in 2019. 

2. Aria - composed in 2017, having originally been commissioned for Teppo-Fest a year earlier to celebrate the 75th birthday of Teppo Hauta-aho 

3. Now Cracks the Noble Heart Good Night, sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest - composed in memory of Tony Osborne (1947-2019) 

4. Self-Portrait: Eric D F - written ‘Self Portrait 2021’ 

5. Retrospective Glance - composed to celebrate the 85th birthday of the legendary American bassist Bert Turetzky 

6. nalVurtlV Op.151 - composed for Da Vinci 500 (2019) 

7. Syrinx's Century-Late Echo - composed for The Syrinx Project (2018) to commemorate the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 

About the Composer

Eric Funk (b.1949) has composed 170 major works, one third of which were commissioned, including nine symphonies, four operas, nineteen concertos, six string quartets, numerous large and small choral works and chamber works. 

His music has been recorded and performed by Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow String Quartet, Moyzes String Quartet, Elizabeth Croy (soprano), Gregory Young (clarinet) and the Meritage String Quartet. 

In 2018 he was received an Emmy Award for Best Music Composition as part of the six Emmy Awards given for the Montana PBS/Scott Sterling documentary "The Violin Alone", the 2018 American Prize in Composition "Best Concerto of the Year" (Variations on a Theme by Jan Hanus for Violin & String Orchestra), and the leading international 2018 Global Music Award with two gold medals for classical music and composition for his Piano Concerto No.1. Eric Funk teaches at the School of Music at Montana State University (USA). 

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