- Rodney Slatford
(b Crema, Dec 22, 1821; d Parma, July 7, 1889). Italian double bass player, conductor and composer. His father Pietro, a clarinettist and composer, taught him the rudiments of music at a very early age. Before he was 11 he had sung in choirs, played the timpani with the Teatro Sociale in Crema and neighbouring towns, and had studied the violin with Carlo Cogliati, a friend of his father and one of the town’s leading players. In 1835 his father applied to the Milan Conservatory, where the only remaining scholarships were for bassoon and double bass. Within a few weeks young Bottesini had learnt enough about the double bass to satisfy the governors, and on 1 November he began to study at the Conservatory with Luigi Rossi (to whom he dedicated his early Tre grande duetti per contrabbasso). His professors for harmony, counterpoint and composition were P. Ray, Nicola Vaccai and Francesco Basili....