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Wies De Boevé: Vanhal - Double bass concerto - I. Allegro moderato (II)

VANHAL, Johann Baptist

Concerto for double bass and orchestra in D major (double bass and piano reduction)

I. Allegro moderato

 

Wies De Boevé, guest professor

Belén Ferrer Thuillier, student

Jesús Gómez Madrigal, accompanying pianist

 

The masterclass turns around articulation, phrasing, vibrato, and character.
The professor talks about the relevance of the articulation in the Classical period. It is very advisable to study the manuscript to pay attention to the articulation slurs.
The character of the beginning is prouder and it should be answering the orchestral introduction. The eighth notes in the repeated passages are shorter −it is necessary to change the articulation.
In a specific sequence, it is usual to play forte-piano and then go back to forte.
The professor advises the student not to forget to enjoy the music −in the cases where it is possible to take more time in the phrasing-, and to pay attention to the orchestral base and the tension it creates, at the same time that to the tension of the dissonances.