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Brahms Symphony No. 1 – Bass Part

Edited by Paul Ellison


Title: Symphony No. 1
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Instrument: Bass
Edited By: Paul Ellison
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 11

The bass part for Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 has been edited by Paul Ellison, in-demand double bassist, professor, presenter, and former Houston Symphony Orchestra principal bassist of 23 years. Ellison's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

The first major symphony to follow Beethoven, Brahms himself declared that the composition took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876 when it premiered. Throughout the symphony, Brahms draws on elements from his predecessor and the Classical era (including sonata form) while also experimenting with newer musical conventions and language which would go on to influence the Romantic period.

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Dear bassist or interested party,

All my editing is done in the spirit of "living editions." They are never finished or to be considered set in stone.  Bowings, articulations, fingerings, dynamics and phrasings may change with conductors, historical performance considerations, change of instrument, bow or strings, differing venues, individual physical considerations, change of climate or altitude not to mention additional acquired knowledge or change in personal taste.  Asking oneself to have about five ways to play most passages seems to cover the fluctuating circumstances mentioned in addition to giving oneself reason and context for choices to be made.  Each set of performances of any major work is likely to prompt some change(s).  The very nature and future of music as an art form demands live, dynamic, fresh interpretations which frequently necessitates realizing that there actually is no "rule book" and that the "bass police" will never actually show up. 

Please accept this editing in the spirit of knowing that our skills and abilities are in constant flux and may require many possibilities.  Here's to great music making.

-Paul Ellison

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