Michal Bylina’s transcription, 6 Suites for Double Bass, beautifully choreographs J.S. Bach’s harpsichord music for double bass. Aware of the popularity of the famous cello suites, Bylina extends the baroque solo repertoire for the double bass by giving it a unique voicing among pieces like Bach’s French and English Suites. Each movement keenly transcribed and chosen for their characteristic melodic material, Bylina allows double bassists to find their own interpretation by excluding dynamics and articulations.
Check out this video of Michal discussing melodic writing for the double bass:
This is a wonderful set of pieces that fit nicely on the bass, with dance movements for the aspiring young double bassist and others to challenge even the most technically gifted musicians. Holistically, this collection of Bach is sure to provide double bassists of all ages and abilities a wonderful staple in their relationship with solo baroque music.
Here is a listen to BWV 808 as played on a harpsichord:
And here is a sample of the beginning of that Gavotte, transcribed by Bylina:
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