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

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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. Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it. Because of Dragonetti’s unprecedented virtuosity as a soloist, attractive offers of work were made from both London and Moscow.

Composerdouble bassistpedagogue. Dragonetti came back to Vienna for an extensive stay in It was particularly important at a time when the role of the double bass in dragonetfi orchestra was to assist the concertmaster in maintaining the cohesion and establishing the tempo.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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”.

The premiere of this work, as well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December bxss the University’s Festsaal, with Dragonetti leading the double basses. They made a specialty at playing Arcangelo Corelli ‘s sonatas. 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 dragonteti.

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.

Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical world in London. Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley.

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

He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of ball music, who took him along for public performance in Venice. When about eighteen, in Trevisohe was invited to join the quartet of the Tommasini, and was noticed by Morosiniror of San Marcowho indulged him in auditioning for the admission in the Chapel of San Marco. The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work.


He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. InJoseph Haydn accepted a dtagonetti offer from German impresario Johann Peter Salomon to visit England and conduct new symphonies domenivo large orchestras.

After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end. Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub.

Domenico Dragonetti

He took part between andin forty-six concerts held by the Philharmonic Society of London. Another trip was therefore scheduled dragonwtti 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.

On that second trip he became friends with composer Simon Sechterwho would become the court dragonnetti inand professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatorium in In fifty years, he became a prominent figure in the musical events of the English capital, performing at the concerts of the Philharmonic Society of London as well as in more private events, where he would meet the most influential persons in the country, like the Prince Consort and the Duke of Leinster.

Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double dluble. On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited him in Vienna in Inhe finally moved to London to play in the orchestra of the King’s Theatreand settled there for the remainder of his life.

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 dragonethi of St Mary, Moorfields. The authoritative source for information on him is the book of Dr.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

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. 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. Retrieved 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.


In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account dragonetgi C. At the age of thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice.

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

The physical quality is his huge hand: Some were directly bequeathed by Dragonetti, some were offered by Vincent Novelloand some were bought at auctions. 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.

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. Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says They even granted him a leave for a year, with a continuation in his wages, to go to the King’s Theatre in London.

Domenico Dragonetti – Concerto for Double Bass – Music Sales Classical

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. 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.

Unfortunately, they were sold and could cobcerto be retrieved by their author when he returned to Venice after some years.