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Sofia Gubaidulina’s Eight Studies for Double Bass

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LA Phil Resident Fellow Michael Fuller is excited to share the challenging music he’s been working on during our Covid confinement. Here are three contrasting movements drawn from a set of etudes (study pieces) for solo double bass by Sofia Gubaidulina, one of the world’s pre-eminent composers from Tatar Russia. The title of each study describes what technique is being highlighted: 1. Staccato – legato (short notes and long, connected notes), 3. Espressivo – Sotto voce (expressive and quiet playing), and 6. Al tallone – Da punta d’arco (played with the bow near the frog [nearest the bow hand] vs. played with the bow at its tip.)