Édouard Nanny

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Édouard Nanny (March 24, 1872, Saint-Germain-en-Laye – October 12, 1942, Paris) was an important French double bass player, teacher, and composer.[1] He was a longtime professor of double bass at the Paris Conservatory.


Nanny was part of la Société de concerts des Instruments anciens. He gained some international exposure as a composer during his lifetime, although he never enjoyed the respect he received in France worldwide. Among his most famous works are his Concerto in E minor and his Consignment Complet (a collection of pedagogical works including the 2-part Méthode complète pour la contrebasse à quatre et cinq cordes, the Vingt études de virtuosité, and his Dix étude-caprices). Additionally, the Concerto in A major that was attributed to classical Italian virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti was, in fact, penned by Nanny.[2]

Although his two concertos (his own and the musical hoax under Dragonetti's name) are important repertory items, Nanny's most lasting contribution was in the field of pedagogy. His études and caprices are still played by double bass students.


  1. ^ Eugène Bozza: Pièce sur le nom d'Édouard Nanny: pour contrebasse et piano (1956), A. Leduc
  2. ^ Slatford, Rodney (May 1999). "Review: Domenico Dragonetti in England (1794–1846): The Career of a Double Bass Virtuoso". Music & Letters (Oxford University Press) 80 (2): 297–299. 

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