Output for the virtuoso double bass established him as a major figure in the development of the instrument * Double bass compositions, including Divertimento Concertante on a Theme of Couperin, Road to Hamelin, and Eusebius Revisited regarded as most performed compositions for bass and orchestra since l965 * Works include Silent Movie for solo bass with strings and harp and his one-act opera The Man on the Bearskin Rug * Over 150 performances with orchestral ensembles including the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, London Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony * Taught composition at New York University and Ohio State University
Works by Paul Ramsier include:
Road to Hamelin (1978) for double bass and orchestra
Eusebius Revisited (1980) fordouble bass and orchestra
Low-Note Blues (1983) for double bass and piano
Photo: Paul Ramsier (right, standing) with George Balanchine (left) and Igor Stravinsky (center).