Capuzzi's Bass Concerto Offers Valuable Lessons for the Developing Bassist
The simple work is perfect for teaching articulation, clarity, and Classical style
Paul Ellison, a professor of double bass at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, says of Capuzzi's bass concerto, "Pedagogically, it's one of the most valuable pieces we've got. It's within the capacity of a midrange student and it's the perfect vehicle for teaching clarity, articulation, and the Classical style. It suits the instrument well enough that an insistence on excellent pitch works very well. I find it a pivotal piece in the growth of a serious bass player. One well-known bassist [learned] several of her positions playing the Capuzzi concerto. I wouldn't hesitate to play it under any circumstances. As long as the edition is correct and the key is correct, it makes an excellent impression on musicians and the public alike."
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