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Rain, Spirit Passing

Scored for Flute & Double Bass.

John Alexander won the 1999 BIBF Composition Competition and since then has composed many impressive works for double bass. Rain, Spirit Passing was composed for Bert and Nancy Turetzky and is for double bass in orchestral tuning. In a modern but accessible idiom, this is full of atmosphere and energy and successfully contrasts the textures and timbres of each instrument with effective changes of registration and dynamic. Musical and technical challenges for each performer, but well worth the effort.

Performance Level: Advanced

Rain Spirit Passing was recently recorded on on 'Spirit Song - Music for Contrabass & Flute' for Imaginary Chicago Records (ICR009) by Nancy Turetzky (flute) and Bert Turetzky (double bass).

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John Alexander was born in West Sussex in 1942 and began to compose at the age of 20. At the time he discovered a fascination for art, literature, dance, architecture and sculpture and these topics, along with mathematics, have continued to have a bearing on his work. He studied composition with Edmund Rubbra at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and later with Jonathan Harvey and Peter Wiegold at the University of Sussex.

John Alexander has never been a prolific composer, but an impressive and growing body of work reflects a rare eye for detail and structure - each work beautifully crafted and reworked until every inflection, detail and nuance is perfect. Probably best described as a miniaturist, he writes in a fluent, independent and strongly personal style with an intense desire to create music which communicates to both performer and audience alike.

In 1999 John Alexander won the 1st BIBF Composition Contest and was invited to be a judge for several BIBF competitions. He was a featured composer at Bass-Fest 2001, was an spnm short-listed composer for three years, and was Composer-in-residence at the 2004 Rotterdam Conservatoire Double Bass Weekend, Bass-Fest 2006 and 2007 Wells Double Bass Weekend. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the world and he was written an impressive and unique body of work for double bass.

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Cat No. RM192
Price Price: POA
ComposerJohn Alexander
CategoriesFlute & Double Bass
Double Bass & Other Instruments
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-192-0
EAN-13 9790570451920
Weight 85 grams
Published 19th July 2009
Availability P.O.A.
See also...
RM486  Valse for Bert (DOUBLE BASS SOLO)
RM567  Narragansett Miniatures
RM671  Theme & Variations (DOUBLE BASS & OTHER INSTRUMENTS)
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