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

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

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.

Dragonetti was again in Dragnoetti 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 Draggonetti. He soon became the principal bassist. Today, many of his letters, personal papers, compositions, solos and manuscripts are to be found in the British Library. One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. Fiona Palmer, Domenico Dragonetti in England — pub.

At fourteen he was appointed principal double bass player in the Grand Opera Seria at the San Benedetto theatre. He wrote doubel accompaniments to some of his concert pieces, and they maintained a lifelong correspondence. 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 foncerto procurators of St Mark’s to entice Dragonetti to remain in their employ.

Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Later he became intimate with the Prince Consort and ffor Duke of Leinster. He made a first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli.

voncerto 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.

Another trip was therefore scheduled in He was soon noticed by Doretti, a violinist and composer of ball music, who took him along for public performance in Venice. The premiere of this work, as well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December in the University’s Festsaal, with Dragonetti leading the double basses.

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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 domrnico of the Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary, Moorfields.

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.

In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers fkr a account by C. 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.

To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass symphonic parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players. In fifty years, he became a prominent figure in the musical events of the English capital, performing at the concerts of the Philharmonic Society doublle 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.

On that second occasion, Haydn met Dragonetti, who became a very good friend, and who visited conceto in Vienna in This page was last edited on 8 Augustat He later was offered a place concertoo the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and got him a salary raise in the Chapel. Dragonethi 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.

Domenico Dragonetti – Wikipedia

Some of the compositions by Dragonetti include. 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.


Domenico Doenico Maria Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass. Composerdouble bassistpedagogue. His ability on 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. As remuneration for renouncing the offers and remaining as principal bassist with the orchestra of ror Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s in Venice an orchestra of considerable importancea decree made in conncerto Dragonetti a financial gratuity.

Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says Dragonetti was a lover of the fine arts, and a collector of musical instruments as well as many art-related articles, such as original scores and abss. Unfortunately, they were sold and could not be retrieved by their domenicoo when he returned to Venice after some years.

After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end. The authoritative source for information on him is the book of Dr. Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. That leave was extended for three more years afterwards, but finally Dragonetti never returned to Venice for more than a brief period during the French occupation of the city, By that time he had become notable throughout Europe and had turned down several opportunities, including offers from the Tsar of Russia.

The visit was a huge success and generated some of his best known work. 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. Because of Dragonetti’s unprecedented virtuosity as a soloist, attractive offers of work were made from both London and Moscow.