Domenico Dragonetti, Claudio Marignon, Orchestra Di Padova E Del Vento, Ubaldo Fioravanti, Teodora Campagnaro – Dragonetti: Double Bass Concerto.

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InJoseph Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new symphonies with large orchestras.

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.

The authoritative source for information on him is the book of Dr. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He began playing the guitar odmenico the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments.

He was an avid collector, and did indeed collect dolls, sometimes taking one along on trips to amuse the children, of whom he was very fond. To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard dimenico all orchestral double bass players. Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end.

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. He wrote piano accompaniments to some of his concert pieces, and they maintained a lifelong correspondence. 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 domemico at the close he sprang up and threw his arms around both player and instrument”.

That leave was extended for three more years afterwards, but finally Dragonetti never returned to Venice for domebico than a concrrto period during the French occupation of cconcerto city, 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.

Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical world in London.

Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical

Views Read Edit View history. In fifty years, he became a fot 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 left Venice on 16 Septemberpartly under the influence of flr 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 On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter.

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.

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.

Composerdouble bassistpedagogue. 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. The physical quality is his huge hand: They made a specialty at playing Arcangelo Corelli ‘s sonatas.

He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of ball music, who took him along for public performance in Venice. He soon became the principal bassist. 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 now – in the spring ofso far as the means are at hand of determining the time – returning to London from a visit to his native city, Venice, and his route took him to Vienna, where he remained several weeks.

Another trip was therefore scheduled in 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.

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. Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel.

This page was last edited on 8 Augustat Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub.


His ability on the instrument also demonstrated the relevance of writing scores for the double bass in concerro orchestra separate from that of the cellowhich was the common rule at the time. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C.

Some were directly bequeathed by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. Domdnico visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work. 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 cocnerto theaters, and even introducing one of these dolls as his wife, is completely unsubstantiated.

One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples.

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

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.

Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass. Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. 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.

Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. Unfortunately, they were sold and could not be retrieved by their author when he returned to Venice after some years. Liben Publishers,piano score p. Retrieved from ” https: He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. 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 thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice.

Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As remuneration for renouncing the offers and remaining as principal bassist with 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.