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 left Venice on 16 Septemberpartly under the influence of his friend, Giovanni Battista Cimador who composed a concerto for double bassand participated in the first rehearsals at the King’s Theatre, on 20 October and finally appeared as orchestra member in the opera Zenobia in Palmiraby Giovanni Paisielloon 20 December Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub.

Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library.

By that time he had become notable throughout Europe and had turned down several opportunities, including offers from the Tsar of Russia.

Some were directly bequeathed by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. He died in his Leicester square lodgings at the age of 83 and was buried on 23 April in the vaults of the Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary, Moorfields.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. 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 was rdagonetti another position to the Tsar of Russia, which he declined after the procurators of St Mark increased his salary to an exceptional 50 ducats.

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In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley. On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter. He had huge hands with strong, broad fingers, which allowed him to play with a taller dragoneti and strings twice as far from the fingerboard as the other bassists.

Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical

He was acquainted with composers Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethovenwhom he visited on several occasions in Viennaand to cohcerto he showed the possibilities of the double bass as a solo instrument. It was particularly important at a time when the role of the double bass in the orchestra was to assist the concertmaster in maintaining dragonetti cohesion and establishing the tempo. Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The story that he kept and often traveled concerho a collection of life-sized cloth mannequins, bringing them to his concerts conceeto having them placed in front row seats of theaters, and even introducing one of these dolls as his wife, is bsss unsubstantiated. When he died, the following instruments were dispatched: Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster.

Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. 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. 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, Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account.

He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a gass raise in the Chapel. 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.


InJoseph Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new symphonies with large orchestras. Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At the baass of twelve, he was placed under the tuition of Berini, the best master for the double bass in Venice, who decided after only eleven lessons that he could not teach the boy anything more. He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end.

Many years afterwards Dragonetti related the following anecdote to Samuel Appleby, Esq. He soon became the principal bassist.

Double Bass Concerto in G major, Op.1 (Dragonetti, Domenico)

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. 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. He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of ball music, who took him along for public concergo in Venice.

When about eighteen, in Trevisohe was invited to join the quartet of the Tommasini, and was noticed by Dtagonettiprocurator of San Marcowho indulged him in auditioning for the admission in the Chapel of San Marco.

Liben Publishers,piano score p. To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players.