Composer David Anderson

I began composing in 1984, while a student at Cincinnati Conservatory, seeing the need for works for solo bass. Frank Proto, my mentor and teacher at CCM, was a great influence on my early years of composition, inspiring me with his prolific creativity and endless versatility to write in many different styles of music. He encouraged me to study orchestration and texture in scores of Mahler, Respighi and Rimsky-Korsakov. I grew up hearing all the masters under the baton of George Szell and Lorin Maazel conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, as my father, Ed Anderson, was their Bass Trombonist for over 20 years. Elliot Carter, Prokoviev, Mahler, Stravinski and Shostakovich have had the greatest influence on my writing. I had the privilege to show my early String Symphony and Bass Concerto to Maxim Shostakovich, and was delighted he recognized his father’s spirit in my pieces. My works also incorporate funk, jazz, and blues styles. I am currently working on several commissions, including Nonet, a work for the Musaica Chamber Ensemble. Many of my compositions are available at Really Good Music HERE


Unless otherwise noted, contact Dave HERE for compositions.

Classical Music:
Capriccio #2 for Solo Bass - available HERE
Couperin Variations - Sextet for Flute, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Bass & Harp
Dance Suite for Double Bass & Harp
Double Bass Quartet 1987
Eight Yule Logs for Double Bass Quartet
Elegy & Dance of Genesis for Viola & Piano
Elegy for Van for Solo Bass Trombone, Trombone Choir and Tuba
Five Romances for Double Bass & Harp
Four Short Pieces for Solo Double Bass
Funkapiccio 4 BG! for Bass & Piano
Mahler Three Lieder arranged for Solo Bass Trombone, Brass Choir and Harp
Octet (co-written with Dave Easley) for Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Pedal Steel Guitar, Double Bass, Harp & Percussion
Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Double Bass
Seven Bass Duets (original version)
Seven Double Bass Duets (transcribed for Cello & Bass)
Sonata for Double Bass & Harp
Sonata #1 for Double Bass & Piano
Sonata #2 for Double Bass & Piano

Jazz Charts:
12 Töne Hip Bop
Blew Cheeze

Orchestral Rental (click HERE to request):
Concerto for Double Bass, Strings & Harp
Concerto for Bass Trombone
“Celebration” Tone Poem for Orchestra, written in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Britt Festival Orchestra
“Laurifer Nisus” Tone Poem for Orchestra, written in honor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 25th Anniversary
“Sleepy Animals at Audubon Zoo” for Narrator and Orchestra

Coming Soon:
Concerto for Double Bass – Piano reduction (From ISB)
Nonet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass & Harp commissioned by the Musaica Chamber Ensemble
Many Brass Works

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