“Viennese Bass” (avant-garde + classics). Сoncert-lecture
6 March 2016, Sunday 20:00
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On 6 March Erarta will host a concert accompanied by a lecture “Viennese Bass”.


The Viennese Bass is a historical curiosity of European music. Within a short period — the second half of the XVIII century — the composers of that time wrote dozens of concerts and ensembles for the solo double bass. Virtuoso bassists used to tour around Europe, visiting also Moscow and St. Petersburg. Such geniuses as Haydn (whose concert for a double bass burned together with the estate of its owner, Prince Esterhazy) and Mozart dedicated their sophisticated masterpieces to this musical instrument.

But the virtuosos grew old and the Viennese bass went out of fashion by the beginning of the XIX century. It was only in the 1970s when the researchers and musicians began to pull them out of dusty archives.

The concert will be accompanied by a lecture of Gregory Krotenko, the winner of Koussevitzky Contest, the teacher of the Moscow Conservatory  and the lecture of Arzamas web-academy, who will talk about the ‘authentic’ and avant-garde approaches and the ‘new virtuosity’ in the performing arts.


Johann Baptist Vanhal — Double Bass Concerto

Jacob Druckman — Valentine for Solo Double Bass

Franz Anton Hoffmeister — Double Bass Concerto

Nicolaus Richter de Vroe — “Atlas Textures” for double bass solo

Joseph Schperger — Sonata for Viola d'amore and Viennese Bass

Performed by Gregory Krotenko (Viennese bass / double bass) and Barocco Concertato Ensemble, featuring Maria Krestinskaya (violin / viola d'amore)


Duration — 1 hour 30 minutes (no intermission).


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