The double bass is a descendant of the viola da gamba, which originated in 15thcentury Europe. It is the largest and lowest in pitch of the ‘violin’ family of instruments.The viola da gamba often had five or six strings, and some early double basses had three strings. Modern basses have four strings, and sometimes a fifth string or an attachment to allow for even lower notes.
Domenico Dragonetti – (1763 – 1846)
Giovanni Bottesini – (1821 – 1889)
Adrian Beers - (1916-2004)
Oscar Zimmerman (1910-1987)
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE (1956 -)
Beethoven – Egmont Overture
Franz Keyper – Romance and Rondo for double Bass and Orchestra
Ludvig Hgener – Mazurka de Concert
Giovanni Bottesini – Duo Concertante for Violin, Double Bass and Orchestra
Franz Schubert - Piano Quintet in A major – ‘The Trout’
Who wrote the aria ‘Per questa bella mano’ and why is it important for the double bass?
How did the instrument get the name ‘double’ bass?