ABC - Trios for Bass and/or Cello
Commissioned by the Royal College of Music Junior Department, London, 2004
" Astounding Antelopes: Bass
" Astounding Antelopes: Cello
" Bad Mood Badgers
" Crooky Crocodiles
" Dynamite Dogs; Bass
" Dynamite Dogs: Cello
Originally conceived for double bass these small pieces can, of course, be played and performed by three players forming a trio, but they were actually written to be used in group sessions of many players. If used like this is will be necessary to make photocopies of the parts needed and I have no objection to that.
The adaptations for cello came about very quickly as my cellist friends kindly found the materials both useful and amusing. I was, however, surprised to find how well the combination of cello and bass playing all parts together can sound, This coup perhaps be used as a diversion (with social benefits) if used together with sectional rehearsals of cello/bass in youth orchestras.
Antelopes gives an opportunity to practice shifting securely to the octave. For the rhythm to come out right, focus needs to be on the speed of the bow (faster at the octave) and left hand shifting late so there is a groove going on.
Badgers need a bite in the bow, third part doing the accentuated downbeats with a fast and a short "voff." The spike accents always very and short and bitey.
Crocodiles try to deal with readings dynamics and other instructions such as tempi and phrasings.
Dogs are for those who have mastered the ABC.
Jan Alm, Goteborg, 2007