When musicians hear the name Botessini, they immediately think of Italian Giovanni Botessini (1821-1874), otherwise dubbed “the Paganini” of the double bass. According to AllMusic, he was “one of the foremost virtuoso double bass players in history and a major contributor to the development of the technique of that instrument”. (http://www.allmusic.com)
But it was his father, Pietro (1792 – 1874), who wrote the beautiful Introduzione, Theme & Variations when Giovanni was but 10 years old (1831). This is a highly recommended chamber piece, with cantabile bel canto melodies for both flute and clarinet. The string quartet forms a backup, but there is plenty of action there once the variations get under way! Available from Edition Silvertrust (http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/botessini-p).
Performed by us in the Blue Mountains, at the charming Wentworth Falls School of Arts, on 25.11.2018.