The importance to English bass making of the great Italian double bassist Domenico Dragonetti has been underestimated. Bass makers Thomas Martin, Martin Lawrence and George Martin reveal how the musician and his Gasparo da Salò instrument had a direct influence on London’s luthiers
He was Europe's first – and the world's finest – virtuoso double bassist, who was admired by Beethoven and granted favour by Napoleon. But the story of Domenico Dragonetti is shrouded in intrigue: who was the man they called ‘Il Drago'?
On 23 April 1846 Domenico Dragonetti was buried at the Roman Catholic chapel of St Mary, Moorfields, London. Here's the first movement of his Double Bass Concerto ('revised' by Eduard Nanny), with US bassist Gary Karr as soloist. This video allows listeners to follow the solo part ...