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

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Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it. 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 Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.

Concerto for double domenivo and piano. On that second trip he became friends odmenico composer Drafonetti Sechterwho would become the court organist inand professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatorium in He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. Similarly, it is reputed that Dragonetti was presented with an instrument made by Gasparo da Salo — by the Benedictine nuns who occupied St Peter’s monastery in Vicenza where Dragonetti lived and played in the Grand Opera.

Liben Publishers,piano score p. Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. Mention is made of this concerfo The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says Views Read Edit View history. His ability drzgonetti the instrument also demonstrated the relevance of writing scores for the double bass in the orchestra separate from that of the cellowhich was the common rule at the time. He soon became the principal bassist. Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina.

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 for all orchestral double bass players. He was offered another position to the Tsar of Russia, which he declined after the procurators fo St Mark increased his salary to an exceptional 50 ducats.

He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. Because dragohetti Dragonetti’s unprecedented virtuosity as a soloist, attractive offers of work were made from both London and Moscow.


SoubleJoseph Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new symphonies with large orchestras. At the Italian Opera orchestra, he met the cellist Robert Lindley dragonettk, who became his close friend and with whom he shared the dommenico during fifty-two years. 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.

When he died, the following instruments were dispatched: They made a specialty at playing Arcangelo Corelli ‘s sonatas.

At the age of 82, Dragonetti visited Bonn in August to participate in the 3-day music festival held as part of the inauguration of the Beethoven Monument there. 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.

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

One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. The authoritative source for information on him is the book of Dr. 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.

Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. Gor from ” https: When he left for London inDragonetti left many papers and manuscripts, including a Complete system of the double bass, or instruction book for that instrumentcontaining many elaborate exercises and studies, in the care of a friend.

Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include. Beethoven and he soon met dragpnetti they were mutually pleased with each other. 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.

Unfortunately, they were sold and could not be retrieved by their author when he returned to Venice after some years.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him in Vienna in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

At fourteen he was appointed principal double bass player in the Grand Opera Seria at the San Benedetto theatre. In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley. He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel.

Dragonetti comenico 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. He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of gass music, who took him along for public performance in Venice. 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 died in his Leicester square lodgings at the age of 83 and was buried on 23 April in the vaults of the Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary, Moorfields. At the age douboe thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice. A hand endowed with five fingers so long, big and agile, that all five, including the bent thumb, go up bsas down the fingerboard domenlco playing a note. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C. On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter.

This page was last edited on 8 Augustat 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 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.