This short work is lyrical, within a tonally modern idiom, with a simple but supportive chordal accompaniment. The style is confident and effective, making use of the lower orchestral register of the double bass.
"Cantilena Semplice was written for the Double Bass 2000 project, and is suitable for a serious professional recital...Overall, the piece is slow, simple, with beautiful interesting chords, and a bass part that is pure and sincere, but finds its meaning when nestled amongst the accompanying chords." [Double Bassist]
"Frank Bayford's Cantilena Semplice gives the double bass the opportunity to weave a singing line over a fairly astringent piano accompaniment based on 4ths. Neither instrument has anything too demanding - the highest note in the double bass is a top A (apart from the final harmonic D), although some of the leaps in the bass part will need a little care...Given the relatively easy piano part, Cantilena Semplice would make a good choice for two pupils to study together." [ESTA - News & Views]
Frank Bayford has written a number of works for double bass and his compositional style is always accessible and effective, offering useful musical and technical challenges for the enterprising intermediate bassist.