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Michael & Lourdes Montgomery: Story Book Friends: 10 Easy Duets for double bass & piano

Michael & Lourdes Montgomery: Story Book Friends: 10 Easy Duets for double bass & piano

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About the Collection

Story Book Friends is a collection of ten short duets which are aimed at the beginner bassist. In first position, apart from the addition of a few unthreatening harmonics in Jack-in-the-Box, each piece depicts a character or group of characters that a child may have encountered “once upon a time” in a bedtime story. 

A limited number of notes, rhythms, keys, and time signatures are used to add variety and character to ten fun and accessible pieces which are ideal for both study and concert use. 

Table of Contents

1. The Snowman, always a favorite backyard wintertime guest, wishes the child a final “good night!” as he sadly makes last-minute preparations to leave for the summer. 

2. After a lovely visit, the youngster’s Hippopotami friends march off awkwardly into the twilight, but not before they promise to visit once again tomorrow. 

3. As the sun drops beyond the horizon, The Lion’s Roar at day’s end serves as the monarch’s confirmation of his place among the many subjects in his vast domain. 

4. One last performance is presented before nightfall by the cows of the sea – their own special dance, famously known in the world of aquatic arts as the Manatee Mash. 

5. The Scaredy Cat, being such a timid fellow, is not at all comfortable with the other celebrities he finds in this bedtime fantasy, and so creeps about in the shadows. 

6. In the dark distance of his imaginings A Camel Caravan passes ever so slowly in the night, on its way perhaps to deliver spices and gifts to some faraway sultan. 

7. Jack-in-the-Box, tired of being cooped up in his tight confines all the day long, finally pops out of his box with a “Bang!” as he heads off to bed. 

8. Mr. Caterpillar, in town for on a business trip, slowly makes his way up a nearby bedpost for a late night chat before heading back to his hotel room. 

9. A Lonely Scarecrow, having spent most of his life in the field, is not often comfortable in the company of a gathering, and so seeks his reassurance in the solitude of the corner of the room. 

10. The last place one would care to find himself at the end of long day is on Crocodile Island, surrounded by toothy beasts snapping wildly about. Fortunately, with the final snap of the beasts’ jaws, our adventurer finally drifts off to a peaceful sleep. 

About the Composer(s)

Double bassist Michael Montgomery, a student of Robert Rohe (Principal Bass, New Orleans Symphony) and Lucas Drew (Principal Bass, Miami Philharmonic), earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in double bass performance from the University of Miami, played full-time in the bass section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for two decades. 

He now lives in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, where he teaches double bass at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and privately in his home studio. Michael has composed numerous works for young double bassists (including over five dozen short bass quartets for young students) which are published by Recital Music and two American publishers. 

His articles about bass performance, literature, and teaching have been published in American Suzuki Journal, Bass World, and Pastoral Music. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Lourdes C. Montgomery moved to the United States at age five. She studied jazz piano at Miami-Dade Community College with Sanford Gold and, at the University of Miami, music composition with Dr. Dennis Kam as well as classical piano with Dr. Rosalina Sackstein. Many of Lourdes' sacred and liturgical compositions are published by Oregon Catholic Press, who also produced her CD entitled "De La Cruz a la Gloria", and World Library Publications. 

In 2008, Lourdes was honored to have her song Bienaventurados ("The Beatitudes") was performed at the mass of Pope Benedict XVI that was held at the National Stadium in Washington, D.C., and televised nationally. In 2005 Lourdes became music director at St. Vincent de Paul Church in the Ozark Mountains of NW Arkansas, where she now lives with her double bassist husband Michael Montgomery. 

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