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

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He domenicp playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

This page was last edited on 8 Augustat 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 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 more than a brief period during the French occupation of the city, In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account dfagonetti C.

Liben Publishers,piano score p. 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.

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

The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work. Dragonetti was again in Vienna in and got to meet once more Beethoven, who had just written Wellington’s Victoryto celebrate the victory of Wellington over the French armies of King Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria. In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley.


Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster. One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples.

After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the dohble. Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina. Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it. 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 hass double bass as a solo instrument.

He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of ball music, who took him along for public performance in Venice. 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.

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


He soon became the principal bassist.

Domenico Dragonetti

Unfortunately, they were sold and could not be retrieved by their author when he returned to Venice after some years. 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. He wrote piano accompaniments to some of his concert pieces, and they maintained a lifelong correspondence. 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.

On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him dragnoetti Vienna in He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli.

Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. 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.

InJoseph Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new symphonies with large orchestras. On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter.