La Cinquantaine


Composer: Gabriel-Marie

Instrumentation: Double bass and piano

Difficulty: Suitable for intermediate players
Exam syllabus: Grade 6

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La Cinquantaine was written by Jean Gabriel Prosper Marie (1852-1928) in 1887 and dedicated to E. Binon, a cellist in the opera orchestra in Paris. The title refers to a 50th anniversary, quite possibly a Golden Wedding Anniversary. There are other arrangements of this piece for octet and string orchestra as well as a jazz version made famous by Woody Herman’s orchestra in 1940.

In this arrangement for double bass and piano, the double bass part lies mostly on the G string, the highest note the octave G. It is in three parts, the first in G minor , the second in G major and the third section is a recapitulation of the first. It is a lyrical piece.

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ISMN: 979-0-708191-25-4


Performance video

Exam syllabus

Set for Grade 6 exams by:

  • ABRSM (from 2024)
  • ABRSM (2012-2019)
  • ABRSM (2020-2023)
  • MTB (since 2019)
  • Trinity (2016-2019)
  • Trinity (2020-2023)

Tutorial video

External links to tutorial videos hosted by String Virtuoso

This is a taster of the tutorial for La Cinquantaine.
For the full version please go toString Virtuoso

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