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David Heyes

David Heyes: Two by Two, 7 Easy Duets for Double Basses

David Heyes: Two by Two, 7 Easy Duets for Double Basses

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About the Collection

Two by Two is a fun, colorful, and inventive collection of seven easy double bass duets which are playable by a student and a teacher, by two students or two friends, and are ideal as study or concert repertoire.

Primarily in bass clef and offering musical and technical challenges in equal measure, they use different keys and time signatures to add contrast and variety. Composed to create accessible new concert repertoire for David Heyes to play with his younger students, each duet features a limited number of skills and techniques which have been successful in performance and popular with students and audiences alike.

Bass 1 is playable by the student, accompanied by Bass 2 (teacher), and each duet is meant to be a fun exercise in duet playing, and to develop musical and ensemble skills. Enjoy!

Table of Contents

1. Donkey Cart (dedicated to James MacGeoch)2. At the Seaside (dedicated to George Grandison Jewitt) 3. The Fortune Teller (dedicated to Norma Brooks)
4. Sunset (dedicated to Finn Strothmann and his students) 5. Holiday Time! (dedicated to Raphael Davey)
6. The Night Watch (dedicated to Titus Beaven)
7. Into the Light (dedicated to Lynn Hannings)

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 27 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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