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Beyond the Classroom

Robert Black

5/08/14

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Robert Black, associate professor of double bass in The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, talks about his teaching responsibilities and the bass program at Hartt; his musical education (including his study at Hartt) and his evolution from band to classical to primarily contemporary.

Black discusses the role of the bass historically; great virtuosi on the instrument; its adaptibility to contemporary music; new techniques on the instrument; and the evolution of fingering and bowing technique. He also talks about how to approach to new music, as listener and performer; experiencing the new in order to grow.

Robert Black
associate professor of double bass, The Hartt School

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