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

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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 dgagonetti teach the boy anything more.

Domenico Dragonetti

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. Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster.

Because of Dragonetti’s unprecedented virtuosity as a soloist, attractive offers of work were made from both London and Moscow. 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.

Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.

InJoseph Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new symphonies with large orchestras. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The unlucky contrabassists of orchestras had frequent occasions during the next few years to know that this new revelation of the powers cconcerto possibilities of their instrument to Beethoven was not forgotten.

When he died, the following instruments were dispatched: He is also remembered today for the Dragonetti bowwhich he evolved throughout his life. 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, He was acquainted with composers Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethovenwhom he visited on several occasions in Viennaand to whom he showed the possibilities of the double bass as a solo instrument.


He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Draonetti, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel.

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

To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players. Inhe finally moved to London to play in the orchestra of the King’s Theatreand settled there for the remainder of his life. Another trip was therefore scheduled in Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina. Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site drahonetti says 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.

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. Dragonetti came back concefto Vienna for an extensive stay in In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley. One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

He had huge hands with strong, broad fingers, which allowed him to play with a taller bridge and strings twice as far from the fingerboard as the other bassists. By that time he had become notable throughout Europe and comcerto turned down several opportunities, including offers from the Tsar of Russia. Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos dragoneti manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments.


Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical

Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include. He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli.

Liben Publishers,piano score p. The physical quality is his huge hand: He left Venice on 16 Septemberpartly under the influence of his 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 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. At the age of thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice. On that second trip he became friends with composer Simon Sechterwho would become the court organist inand professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatorium in 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.

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. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C. Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it.

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