My lovely friends Kees Boersma and Kirsty McCahon, a sublime husband-and-wife duo who are respectively Principal Double Bass of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, will perform a short piece of mine called Double Double Bass at their concert Bass Extravaganza.
See this Calendar Entry for concert details.
The unusual concert features a reading of the comical Chekhov story Romance with a Double Bass, illustrated with music from the vast (yes, it is vast) repertoire for the instrument.
My piece is intended as a surprise that makes an impression during the evening, so I will keep mum here.
But there is a serious subtext to the playfulness. Above is a photograph that says the thousand words I won’t. Anyone who recognizes it will know it’s a heartbreaking ending to a beautiful story. Double Double Bass is an excerpt from a work-in-progress that tells that story. The work is called Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra. There will be more news about this soon.
Update, September 2016: It’s now been revealed that Double Double Bass is a movement of my song cycle Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra (“My Dear Benjamin”). It symbolizes in pure music the first time they met, when they shared a macintosh raincoat in the Siena rain, each with one arm in a sleeve, running for shelter. It’s a moment both men cherished and recollected till the ends of their lives.