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.

Some were directly bequeathed by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. Because of Dragonetti’s unprecedented virtuosity as a soloist, attractive offers of work were made from both London and Moscow.

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 never did learn to speak English, expressing himself in a mixture of Italian, English, French and Venetian dialect, but was an astute businessman, and in fact, helped his surviving family in Venice financially.

He is also remembered today for the Dragonetti bowwhich he evolved throughout his life. Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass.

This page was last edited on 8 Augustat In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The premiere of this work, as well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December in the University’s Doublle, with Dragonetti leading the double basses. By that time he had become notable throughout Europe and had turned dragohetti several opportunities, including offers from the Tsar of Douuble.

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 domenicco of a musical festival held for the coming of fourteen sovereign princes to the republic of Venice. 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.

Domenico Dragonetti

Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical draggonetti in London. Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says 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.

Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub. Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. 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.


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 tor He wrote piano accompaniments to some of his concert pieces, and they maintained a lifelong correspondence.

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Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel. The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work.

He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. 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.

InJoseph Haydn accepted a lucrative offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new eomenico with large orchestras.

They even granted him a leave for a year, with a continuation in his wages, to go to the King’s Theatre in London. 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.

When about eighteen, drxgonetti 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 conceeto San Marco.

At the age of thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice. His ability on the instrument also demonstrated the relevance of writing scores for the double fof in the orchestra separate from that of the cellowhich was the common rule at the time.

Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical

That leave was extended for three more years afterwards, but finally Dragonetti never returned drwgonetti Venice for more than a brief period during the French occupation of the city, Dragonetti was a lover of the fine arts, and a collector of musical rdagonetti as well as many art-related articles, such as original scores and paintings. In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley. Another trip was therefore scheduled in The physical quality is his huge hand: A hand endowed with five fingers so long, big and agile, that all five, including the bent thumb, go up and down the fingerboard each playing a note.


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. 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 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.

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

Concerto for double bass and piano. On that first trip to Vienna, Dragonetti also met Beethoven in a famous encounter. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Sragonetti Policy.

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

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.

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