Opus 647

Ode (2005)

for Contrabass

Duration: 3.5 min.

Dedication: in memory of Bob Stata and for P. Kellach Waddle to play

Commission: Commissioned by P. Kellach Waddle

Publisher: Musik Fabrik

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Ode (2005) for solo contrabass was commissioned by and written for contrabassist P. Kellach Waddle, and is dedicated in memory of jazz bassist and teacher Bob Stata, who died on June 14, 2005 at the age of 52. (Stata commissioned and directed the premiere of Cooman’s The Great Wilno (1999) for solo piano and wind ensemble.)

This work is cast in a single movement and contrasts passionate sweeping figurations with lyric melodic material in the bass’s upper register. An elegiac chorale section appears in the middle and returns at the end, dying away to nothing.