List of Compositions Featuring the Double Bass

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This page lists IMSLP entries which feature the Double bass.


Double Bass Solo

Methods and Studies

Double Bass and Piano

Concertos for Double Bass and Orchestra

Quick links: Dragonetti, Koussevitzky, Bottesini, Dittersdorf

See also: For double bass, strings


Viennese Concertos

These works are written for a historical tuning in thirds and fourths.

With other soloists
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  • Sperger: Eighteen concertos
  • Hoffmeister: Two more concertos
  • Pichl: Two concertos
  • Zimmermann: One concerto
  • D. J. Kneissel: One concerto (unpublished)
  • B. R. Roslaub: One concerto (unpublished)
  • Haydn: One concerto, Hob.VIIc:1 (lost)
    • Only the first two bars of the solo remain, from the 1765 catalogue:




Chamber music featuring the Double Bass


For ensembles of double basses

String ensembles

For example: the string quintet, the string sextet (with two violas or two cellos) and the string octet.

Viennese Classical

"Violone" in this period invariably refers to a contrabass instrument; "Basso" is ambiguous and may refer to a group of instruments

Strings and Piano

For example: the piano quintet (one each), the piano sextet (with two violins) or, rarely, with two violas See: The Silvertrust guide to piano quintets and sextets

Strings and Winds

Due to wildly varying instrumentations, this section aims to be complete.

  • Viennese classical works with a lower part named "Basso"

With Piano


Orchestral parts

Orchestral works with double bass solos

Continuo parts

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Charpentier, Marc-Antoine

Vivaldi, Antonio

Combined Cello and Double Bass parts

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Dvořák, Antonín

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Franck, César

d'Indy, Vincent

Mendelssohn, Felix

Schumann, Robert

Individual Double Bass parts

Andersen, Carl Joachim

Bizet, Georges

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Liszt, Franz

Mendelssohn, Felix

Strauss Jr., Johann

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr

Parks, Young