Bass Sonata No.1 in A Major, Op.5
Adolf Mišek (1875-1955) was born in the Bohemian town of Modletin then part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. After initially studying with his father, he entered the Vienna Conservatory studying with, among others, the famous bassist Franz Simandl. He himself became one of the most important bassists of the first part of the 20th century, serving as principal bass of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as holding the position of Professor at both the Vienna and Prague Conservatories. He is also considered one of the most important composers for the bass in the late Romantic period and has three important bass sonatas to his credit along with a considerable amount of standard chamber music.
The Sonata No.1 for Bass and Piano in A Major, the first, was composed in 1909. It is in three movements. The opening movement, Allegro, begins in a martial, heroic mood. A more lyrical, folk-like second theme follows. The middle movement, Andante religioso, is a highly romantic, plaint. Though reflective, it is full of sentiment and expression. The buoyant finale, Rondo, allegretto, begins with a lively dance-like polka theme while the middle section has a slower, cantabile melody. Bassist Szymon Marciniak and Pianist Joanna Lawrynowicz performed the sonata.
This is a work which is sure to be of interest to bassists everywhere as it so perfectly written for the bass.
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