Domenico (Carlo Maria) Dragonetti

Italian Born 10 Apr 1763 Died 16 Apr 1846

Dragonetti is considered as the most famous double bass player in the instrument's history.

His career began in his native city of Venice and continued through the various courts of Europe until his arrival in London, where he was held in the highest favour.

Here he collaborated with Mendelsshon, Liszt, Rossiniand Paganini.

He was also on very friendly terms with F.J. Haydnand Beethoven.

He was a great virtuoso with an astounding bowing technique that enabled him to develop a percussive staccato hitherto unknown.

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