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Simón García: Sounds of Spain 1 for unaccompanied double bass

Simón García: Sounds of Spain 1 for unaccompanied double bass

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About the Composition

Sounds of Spain 1 is an exciting series of evocative and vibrant works for unaccompanied double bass. Jazzy and rhythmic styles and idioms explore a wealth of Mediterranean colors and textures in luminous music which is always engaging and invigorating.  

Fantasia Spagnola was inspired by the Flamenco music of southern Spain and is dedicated to Gabriele Ragghianti. Melodically, it is built on the Flamenco mode, with contrasting 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures, producing a cheerful and festive character. The flamenco feeling is produced by guitar-like pizzicato sounds, arpeggiated and fast chords, with two main themes, the first played pizzicato and the second arco. Fantasia Spagnola is a demanding and exciting piece for the advanced bassist and uses the entire range of the instrument.

Arabesque is in a free musical form, with many ornaments, and is aimed at the intermediate bassist. The work is in one movement and uses different musical styles and moods, always in an accessible language for the progressing bassist. There are many technical and musical challenges, including different playing effects, all written in a popular style and primarily in bass clef.

Reflections has a lyrical and soulful character, with effective musical and technical challenges, and was commissioned by Dan Styffe. In one movement, with inventive contrasting sections, played arco or pizzicato, the music is engaging and player-friendly creating a work that demonstrates the lyrical and technical possibilities of the solo double bass. "...a fascinating miniature..." [Rob Nairn, ISB Journal]

Simón García Bundle

Select the 'Simón García Bundle' option and you will receive Bass Monsters, Sounds of Spain 1 and 2, all for 25% off.

About the Composer
Bassist and composer Simón García was born in Mugardos (Spain) in 1977 and graduated in double bass from the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He has worked as a double bassist in the Royal Orchestra of Galicia, having also performed in many orchestras throughout Spain, and is the bassist in the Symphony Wind Orchestra of A. Coruna. He has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and has recorded and performed on many commercial recordings and for television and radio broadcasts.

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