Natalie Ouchkoff, whom he married inthe year in which the work was first performed with the Moscow Philharmonic. In he married the dancer Nadezhda Galat.
And the work, instead of following the most progressive tendencies of its time as one might expect, judging from Koussevitzky ‘s later tastes in composersis a ripe example of Russian Romanticism. The soloist takes up the opening motto, presenting it lyrically yet passionately.
Period Early 20th century Piece Style Romantic Instrumentation doubke bass, orchestra 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, harp, strings External Links Fleisher Collection. Perhaps his passionate interest in new music and his distinctive programming hearkens back to the days as a doublebass soloist when he had to grapple with the paucity of repertoire available to him.
After all, it is here that Koussevitzky speaks to us in his own language…as if from the grave.
The work reflects his search for the yet unrevealed dimension of the doublebass, for as Mme. He koussevvitzky learned trumpet. Serge Alexandrovich Koussevitzky [n 1] Russian: InKoussevitzky commissioned Randall Thompsonthen a professor at the University of Virginia and director of the men’s Glee clubto write a new piece for performance at Tanglewood.
Double Bass Concerto, Op.3 (Koussevitzky, Serge)
Naumova had lived with the couple and acted as their secretary for 18 years. Inhe left Soviet Russia for Berlin and Paris. Several years after Koussevitzky ‘s death, conductor Alfredo Antonini brought the work to light, and it has since become a staple of the limited double-bass concerto repertory. Yet there is a timeless universality in the melodrama of its passion and the soaring beauty of its tunes.
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Surprisingly, he did not encourage the prominent composers of the time to write for his instrument. Recorded innot published until It is unlikely that anyone but a doublebassist could have written a work so perfectly suited to the instrument.
Serge Koussevitzky – Double Bass Concerto
Instead, he produced his unaccompanied Alleluia — with the word sung 64 times in the Russian manner — which became his most frequently performed work. RCA Victor reissued several other historic orchestral recordings on its Camden label with fictitious names to avoid having them in direct competition with newer recordings by the same artists on RCA’s upscale Red Seal label. In he and his wife became United States citizens. Nevertheless, later, as conductor of the Boston Symphony, he commissioned many of the most important orchestral compositions of the first half of this century.
There has been a considerable debate, mostly among doublebassists, as to whether or not Koussevitzky wrote the Concerto himself. The concerto falls into the conventional three movements, beginning with an Allegro that opens with a declamatory, Tchaikovsky -like theme succinctly stated by the orchestra, and answered by a short bass recitative. Jurgenson Scores Koussevitzky, Serge Romantic style Early 20th century Concertos For double bass, orchestra Scores featuring the double bass Scores featuring the orchestra For orchestra with soloists For double bass, piano arr Scores featuring the piano For 2 players Pages with arrangements Works first published in Works first published in the 20th century Pages with commercial recordings Pages with commercial recordings Naxos collection F-sharp minor.
Support the ASO with a contribution today. Koussevitzky died in Boston in and was buried alongside his wife Natalie at the Church on the Hill Cemetery in Lenox. Olga Koussevitzky, his widow, was positively adamant that he wrote the Concerto without the aid of any other musicians.
Some of Koussevitzky’s later recordings, including performances of the second suite from Prokofiev ‘s Romeo and JulietSymphony Hall, Bostonfirst symphonyCarnegie Hall, New York, a session that included Mendelssohn ‘s “Italian” Symphonyand fifth symphonySymphony Hall, Bostonwere reportedly mastered on RCA’s sound film optical recording process, first employed in this way with the San Francisco Symphony in March However, it is in the public domain in Canada where IMSLP is hosted and other countries where the term is life-plus years such as China, Japan, Korea and many others worldwide.
Now, even as a dapper ghost, the figure of the great Serge Koussevitzky still haunts the concert stage. Get Email Updates Sign up for e-mails about special offers, upcoming concerts, new recordings and more.