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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Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include. His ability on the instrument also demonstrated the relevance of writing scores for the double bass in the orchestra separate from that of the cellowhich was the common rule at the time.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it. At the age of 82, Dragonetti visited Bonn in August to participate in the 3-day music festival held as part of the inauguration of the Beethoven Monument there.

Liben Publishers,piano score p. 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. He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli.

Concerto for double bass and piano. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He is also remembered today for the Dragonetti bowwhich he evolved throughout his life. He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel. He never did learn to speak English, expressing himself in a mixture of Italian, English, French and Venetian dialect, but was an astute businessman, and in fact, helped his surviving family in Venice financially.


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. The premiere of this work, as well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December in the University’s Festsaal, with Dragonetti leading the double basses.

On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter.

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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. At fourteen he was appointed principal double bass player in the Grand Opera Seria at the San Benedetto theatre.

Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Many years afterwards Dragonetti related the following anecdote to Samuel Appleby, Esq. The authoritative source for information on him is the book of Dr.

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He finally joined the institution on 13 September as the last of the five double bass players of the Chapel with a yearly income of 25 ducats. Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. The physical quality is his huge hand: Similarly, it is reputed that Dragonetti was presented with an instrument made by Gasparo da Salo — by the Benedictine nuns who occupied St Peter’s monastery in Vicenza where Dragonetti lived and played in the Grand Opera.


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 drxgonetti, in the care of a friend.

They made a specialty at playing Arcangelo Corelli ‘s sonatas. He was an avid collector, and did indeed collect dolls, sometimes taking one cobcerto on trips to amuse the children, of whom he was very fond.

He soon became the principal bassist. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C. In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley.

Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical world in London. Beethoven played his part, with his eyes immovably fixed upon his companion, and, in the finale, where the arpeggios occur, was so delighted and excited that at the conxerto he sprang up and threw his arms around both player and instrument”.