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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Views Read Edit View history. 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.

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When he left for London inDragonetti left many papers and manuscripts, including a Complete system of the double bass, or instruction book for that instrumentcontaining many elaborate exercises and studies, in the care of a friend. The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work.

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

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.

Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina. At fourteen he was appointed principal double bass player in the Grand Opera Seria at the San Benedetto theatre. 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. Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster.


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This was not at all standard in these times, as most players used to play – in one position – one note with the index finger, and one with the other three fingers in combination. 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.

They made a specialty at playing Arcangelo Corelli ‘s sonatas. One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C.

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 Duke of Leinster.

He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. He took part between andin forty-six concerts held dragonetto the Philharmonic Society of London.

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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. This page was last edited conecrto 8 Augustat 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.

Drragonetti that second occasion, Haydn concergo Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him in Vienna in He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel. Unfortunately, they were sold and could not be retrieved by their author when he returned to Venice after some years.

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. Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub. Retrieved from ” https: The unlucky contrabassists of orchestras had frequent occasions during the next few years to know that this new revelation of the powers and possibilities of their instrument to Beethoven was not forgotten.


Some were directly drafonetti by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include. Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.

Inhe finally moved to Ddagonetti to play in the orchestra of the King’s Theatreand settled concsrto for the remainder of his life.

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Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. Many years afterwards Dragonetti related the following anecdote to Samuel Appleby, Esq.

At the age 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.

To this day, the mastering of dragondtti Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players.

As remuneration for renouncing the offers and remaining as principal bassist deagonetti the orchestra of the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s in Venice an orchestra of considerable importancea decree made in gave Dragonetti a financial gratuity.

He became very famous at the time, concerti 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 vass Venice.

He was offered another position to the Tsar of Russia, which he declined after the procurators of St Mark increased his salary to an exceptional 50 ducats.