Compositions for Virtuoso Double Bass
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Charming works for double bass specialists.

Paul Ramsier was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and showed promise as a pianist at the age of five and began composing at the age of nine. At 16 he entered the University of Louisville School of Music and then went to Juilliard where he studied piano with Beveridge Webster. At Florida State University he studied composition with Ernst von Dohnanyi. In his early career in New York City, he was a staff pianist with the New York City Ballet where he was influenced by Balanchine and Stravinsky. During this period he studied composition with Alexei Haieff. He is a composer of Orchestral, opera and choral works, but his chief contribution to 20th century music is a body of work for the double bass. On this disc we have his four major works for this instrument gathered on one CD, including one of the most requested works from the back Louisville catalog, The Road to Hamelin, a most popular work for children, which, with more exposure will become as popular as Peter and The Wolf. Please note that two of the compositions are performed by the great double bassist, Gary Karr.
Contents:
Paul Ramsier, composer
Divertimento Concertante on a Theme of Couperin
Gary Karr, doublebass, Louisville Orchestra, Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Paul Ramsier, composer
Road to Hamelin
Gary Karr, doublebass, Louisville Orchestra, Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Paul Ramsier, composer
Silent Movie
Mark Morton, doublebass, Christopher Finkelmeyer, piano

Paul Ramsier, composer
Eusebius Revisited (Remembrances of Schumann)
Mark Morton, doublebass, Christopher Finkelmeyer, piano

Review:
"Paul Ramsier is well known in bass circles for his excellent contribution to the solo bass repertoire, and this recent CD brings together four works (1965-1995) - two with Orchestra and two with piano. Divertimento Concertante on a Theme of Couperin was premiered in 1965 by Gary Karr, its dedicatee, and is here recorded by Karr and the Louisville Orchestra.Karr is on top form for this 1986 recording, originally released on LP, and amply demonstrates why he is the leading bass soloist.This CD is well produced with good program notes" (The British & International Bass Forum)
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