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Teppo Hauta-aho: Two Fun Pieces for Double Bass & Triangle

Teppo Hauta-aho: Two Fun Pieces for Double Bass & Triangle

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About the Compositions

Only Teppo Hauta-aho would combine such disparate instruments in these two fun duos for double bass and triangle. His light-hearted approach to life are ever present and these are ideal for any audience or occasion. Aimed at the intermediate bassist, what’s not to like? 

Eva’s Valse Poem 

Subtitled 'Duettino’, this lively and accessible piece was written for the young English bassist Eva [Mae] Cowlishaw, and the musical material is derived from the letters of her name. 

Aimed at the progressing beginner bassist, there are musical and technical challenges in the lower positions of the instrument, 'accompanied' by the triangle. A range of techniques are employed to introduce the bassist to different playing styles - pizzicato, arco, double-stops, left-hand pizzicato, harmonics - and this will be effective both as a study piece and for recitals. 

Mikkos Menuet 

Mikkos Menuet can be played 'straight' or with a jazz swing and does not need a virtuoso triangle player! Composed in 1993, it was revised and extended in 2000 to include 'Georgina's Coda', written for the talented young bassist, Georgina Poad, who is now a member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. 

"Charming and humorous, it could become a regular item in school concerts, and might even sneak onto professional recital programmes." (Double Bassist) 

"Light and humorous, Mikkos Menuet would be a great crowd pleaser." (ISB) 

About the Composer

Teppo Hauta-aho (1941-2021) was the most prolific composer in the history of the double bass and composed for every ability level, from the beginner to the virtuoso. His music is evocative and atmospheric, shaped by jazz and contemporary styles, and the influence of the dramatic and bleak landscapes and vistas of his native Finland are captured throughout his engaging and accessible m 

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