25 January 2021 DOUBLE BASS AND… BEAR

Starring – double bass. This is how one can briefly summarize what music lovers can expect during the next Internet Concert entitled “Double Bass and… Bear”. The concert is held as usual on Friday, on the 29th of January 2021 at 7 p.m.

The double bass originated in the early days of the 16th century, although the first known references didn’t appear until the writings of Michael Preatorius, German composer, kapellmeister and organist living at the turn of the 17th century. He writes about viola da gamba sub-base – a monstrous instrument which is almost 2,5 metres high. Domenico Dragonetti is considered to be the first double bass virtuoso, thanks to whom the instrument has found itself in an orchestra ensemble. Dragonetti’s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra is included in the program of the concert starring the largest string instrument. The piece will be performed by Piotr Czerwiński, the soloist of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Marek Pijarowski.

In the second part of the evening you will listen to Symphony No. 82 in C major “The Bear” by Joseph Haydn. This work, as many other pieces written by the composer, received its name thanks to the imagination of the audience. The French associated the parts of bass instruments in the last movement with the bear growls. The work, written in 1786, is the first in the cycle of six Paris Symphonies (No. 82-87) by Joseph Haydn, which were commissioned by the Paris Music Society, Le Concert de la Loge Olympique.


Piotr CZERWIŃSKI – double bass
Marek PIJAROWSKI – conductor
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Domenico Dragonetti, Concerto in A major for Double Bass and Orchestra
    Allegro moderato
    Allegro giusto
  • Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 82 in C major “The Bear” Hob. I:82
    Vivace assai
    Finale: Vivace

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