Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti (7 April – 16 April ) was an Italian double bass One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. When in Vicenza for an engagement at the Grand Opera there, he acquired. Dragonetti Concerto for Double Bass and Piano. edited by David Walter. In this high-quality publication, esteemed bassist and pedagogue David Walter offers a . of one of the most popular double bass works Son, Ltd., Liben has been able to produce a totally new edition of this staple of the double bass repertoire.
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He was acquainted with composers Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethovenwhom he visited on several occasions in Viennaand to whom he showed the possibilities of the double bass as a solo instrument. Dragonetti was again in Vienna in and got to meet once more Beethoven, who had just written Wellington’s Victoryto celebrate the victory of Wellington over the French armies of King Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria.
He finally joined the institution on 13 September as the last of the five double bass players of the Chapel with a yearly income of 25 ducats. That leave was extended for three more years afterwards, but finally Dragonetti never returned to Venice for more than a brief period during the French occupation of the city, Retrieved from ” https: Dragonetti came back to Vienna for an extensive stay in Composerdouble bassistpedagogue. He wrote piano accompaniments to some of his concert pieces, and they maintained a lifelong correspondence.
At fourteen he was appointed principal double bass player in the Grand Opera Seria at the San Benedetto theatre. Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him in Vienna in Concerto for double bass and piano.
One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. He became very famous at the time, started playing solo pieces, which was exceptional at the time for the double bass, and even got elected as of the directors of a musical festival held for the coming of fourteen sovereign princes to the republic of Venice. When about eighteen, in Trevisohe was invited to join the quartet of the Tommasini, and was noticed by Morosiniprocurator of San Marcowho indulged him in auditioning for the admission in the Chapel of San Marco.
On that second trip he became friends with composer Simon Sechterwho would become the court organist inand professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatorium in Similarly, it is reputed that Dragonetti was presented with an instrument made by Gasparo da Salo — by the Benedictine nuns who occupied St Peter’s monastery in Vicenza where Dragonetti lived and played in the Grand Opera. Unfortunately, they were sold and could not be retrieved by their author when he returned to Venice after some years.
When he died, the following instruments were dispatched: Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub.
Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical
Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical world in London. This page was bas edited on 8 Augustat He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli.
Beethoven played his part, with his eyes immovably fixed upon his companion, and, in the finale, where the arpeggios occur, was so delighted and excited that at the close he sprang up and threw his arms around both player and instrument”. Some were directly bequeathed by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account.
He took part between andin forty-six concerts held by the Philharmonic Society of London. Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other.
Double Bass Concerto in G major, Op.1 (Dragonetti, Domenico)
On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter. Dragonetti was a lover of the fine arts, and a collector of musical instruments as well as many art-related articles, such as original scores and paintings. The story that he kept and often traveled with a collection of life-sized cloth mannequins, bringing them to his concerts and having them placed in front row seats of theaters, and even introducing one of these dolls as his wife, is completely unsubstantiated.
He is also remembered today for the Dragonetti bowwhich he evolved throughout his life. The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work.
It was particularly important at a time when the role of the double bass in the orchestra was to assist the concertmaster in maintaining the cohesion and establishing the tempo. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Berenzi, who suggests that the instrument may have been made for the monks of St Peter’s, Vicenza, by Gasparo da Salo, and acquired by the procurators of St Mark’s to entice Dragonetti to remain in their employ.
At the Italian Opera orchestra, he met the cellist Robert Lindleywho became his close friend and with whom he shared the stand during fifty-two years.
They even granted him a leave for a year, with a continuation in his wages, to go to the King’s Theatre in London. He had huge hands with strong, broad fingers, which allowed him to play with a taller bridge and strings twice as far from the fingerboard as the other bassists.
He was now – in the spring ofso far as the means are at hand of determining the time – returning to London from a visit to his native city, Venice, and his route took him to Vienna, where he remained several weeks. Another trip was therefore scheduled in He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of ball music, who took him along for public performance in Venice.
Many bas afterwards Dragonetti related the following anecdote to Samuel Appleby, Esq.
He soon became the principal bassist. The premiere of this work, as well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December in the University’s Festsaal, hass Dragonetti leading the double basses. In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley.
A hand endowed with five fingers so long, big and agile, that all five, including the bent thumb, go up and down the fingerboard each playing a note. Some of the compositions by Dragoneti include.
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In fifty years, he became a prominent figure in the musical events of the English capital, performing at the concerts of the Philharmonic Society of London as well as in more private events, where he would meet the most influential persons in the country, like the Prince Consort and the Basss of Leinster.
He never did learn to speak English, expressing himself in a mixture of Italian, English, French and Venetian dialect, but was cojcerto astute businessman, and in fact, helped his surviving family in Venice financially.