Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti (7 April – 16 April ) was an Italian double bass One of his concertos was particularly remarked by the queen of Naples. When in Vicenza for an engagement at the Grand Opera there, he acquired. Dragonetti Concerto for Double Bass and Piano. edited by David Walter. In this high-quality publication, esteemed bassist and pedagogue David Walter offers a . of one of the most popular double bass works Son, Ltd., Liben has been able to produce a totally new edition of this staple of the double bass repertoire.

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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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 paintings.

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.

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, In his remains were moved to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Wembley.

The premiere of this work, dragonettl well as of Beethoven’s seventh symphony was performed on 8 December in the University’s Festsaal, with Dragonetti leading dragoneti double basses. Palmer Clarendon Press Oxford seems to offer the most plausible account. He was now – in the spring ofso far as the means are at hand of determining the time – returning to London from a visit to his native city, Venice, and his route took him to Vienna, where he remained several weeks.

Mention is made of this on The Contrabass Shoppe web site which says The unlucky contrabassists of orchestras had frequent occasions during the next few years to know that this new revelation of the powers and possibilities of their instrument to Beethoven was not forgotten. Dragonetti was known for his formidable strength and stamina. It was particularly important at a time when the role of the double bass in the orchestra was to assist the concertmaster in maintaining the cohesion and establishing the tempo.


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”. Dragonetti had no close family, but had many close friends in the musical world in London. Dragonetti came back to Vienna for an extensive stay in He was an avid collector, and did indeed collect dolls, sometimes taking one along on trips to amuse the children, of whom he was very fond.

He had huge hands with strong, broad fingers, which allowed him to play with concerot taller bridge and strings twice as far from the fingerboard as the concerot bassists.

He later was offered a place by the Tsar of Russia, which was declined and concefto him a salary raise in the Chapel.

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He made conceryo first attempt inwhich was lost to Antonio Spinelli. When he died, the following instruments were dispatched: Beethoven and he soon met and they were mutually pleased with each other. After only a few months, he became very famous in London, and his brilliant career was to last till the end. Dragonetti was again in Vienna in and got to meet once more Beethoven, who had just written Wellington’s Victoryto celebrate the victory foncerto Wellington over the French armies of King Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria.

The authoritative source for information on him is the book of Dr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He began playing the guitar and the double bass by himself on his father’s instruments. He bass in his Leicester square lodgings at the age of 83 dragojetti was buried on 23 April in the vaults of the Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary, Moorfields. In the Palmer biography, a footnote refers to a account by C. At the age of thirteen, Dragonetti was appointed principal player at the Opera Buffa in Venice.

This page was last edited on 8 Augustat 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.

He took part between anddraginetti forty-six concerts held by the Philharmonic Society of London.


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

He soon became the principal bassist. To this day, the mastering of the Beethoven double bass dragoetti parts are considered a basic standard for all orchestral double bass players.

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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 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.

Domenico Carlo Drgaonetti Dragonetti 7 April — 16 April was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass. 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.

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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. 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 Dgagonetti lived dragonetto played in the Grand Opera.

Dragonetti was not more remarkable for his astounding execution than for the deep, genuine musical feeling which elevated and ennobled it.

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