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The Online Journal of Bass Research (OJBR) is a refereed electronic journal, published by the International Society of Bassists. The OJBR is published solely in an electronic format, accessible free of charge.

Volume 13 of the OJBR presents Sperger's Cadenzas for his Contrabass Concertos: A Study of Compositional Techniques and Improvisational Strategies for Creating Cadenzas by Renaud Boucher-Browning. This award-winning article goes deep into the examination and discussion of cadenzas by Johannes Sperger. Through detailed and thorough analysis of examples and documents that are presented in this article, the author makes a clear and definitive capture of Sperger's creative practice. More importantly, the author lays out a very practical approach for contemporary performers to improvise their own cadenzas.

This article was the winner of the 2020 ISB Research Competition, in the Student division. Renaud Boucher-Browning presented his paper at the 2021 ISB Virtual Convention.

Renaud Boucher-Browning holds a doctorate in double bass performance from McGill University, bachelor's and master's degrees from Rice University, and diplomas from bass soloist François Rabbath. Renaud's doctoral thesis investigated the manuscript fermata embellishments by Johannes Sperger (1750-1812) for his contrabass concertos. As grand prize recipient in the student division of the 2020 Research Competition of the International Society of Bassists, Renaud's article on Sperger's cadenzas is published in the Online Journal of Bass Research. Renaud is the editor of a new solo tuning and Viennese tuning edition of Sperger's Concerto No. 2 in D major (1778) with Sperger's cadenzas and lead-ins for Paladino Editions (PM0085). Renaud has participated twice in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, and he has appeared as soloist in the Vanhal concerto with the Boise Baroque Orchestra in his hometown of Boise, Idaho.

Call for Papers: The OJBR is soliciting original manuscripts from scholars and practitioners. Please view the Submission Guidelines for more information.