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Prunner said :

Joseph PRUNNER , November 1965: ….Is true that, in my long activity as soloist and teacher , I felt from the beginning the lack of a specific solo repertoire. The existing ones is reduced mostly to a few entertainment insignificant sweet in melody, as if designed to illustrate the limits of technical possibilities of the instrument. And now, unfortunately, the literature specific to this instrument is still very poor . On this regard, I appeal to transcripts of the great universal music patrimonies values created by Bach, Birckenstock, Beethoven, Brahms., …

With the conviction of the solistic possibility of the Double-Bass , it received confirmation decades ago … it was not about purely formal justification. My total dedication to the Art/Music and the accomplished talent was matched by a desire to transmit through this « ungrateful » instrument an authentic art- result of a systematically and long study -, taking in account, of course, the particularities and specificities of the instrument, without transforming it into epigone of a cello or other stringed instrument…….

Removing the equivoque of the skeptics, it remained the big exam: the confrontation with a competent and demanding public. The occasions of this confrontations, in Paris, Vienna, Leipzig, Berlin, Bucharest gave to me a great feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment of my work and also, it brought the « consecration » of the Double-Bass – to the specialized media – as a solo instrument, with startling traits , both in slow moving parts, and in the virtuous passages ; finally, forgiving my lack of modesty, I obtained unanimously laudatory appreciations of great musicians coming to the recitals and concerts that I gave in the company of famous conductors and performers of our century…
Translation thanks to prof. Petru Iuga.