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
Not yet available
  • Sperger: Eighteen concertos
  • Hoffmeister: One more 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  • D. J. Kneissel: One concerto (unpublished)
  • B. R. Roslaub: One concerto (unpublished)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


Duos with piano accompaniment

For ensembles of double basses

String ensembles

String quintets: 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass
String sextet: two violas and one cello
String sextet: one viola and two cellos
String octet: one cello and one double bass

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

See: The Silvertrust guide to piano quintets and sextets

Piano quintets
Piano sextets: +1 viola
Piano sextets: +1 violin

Wind Ensembles

Also including a piano

Strings and Winds

Septets: clarinet, bassoon, horn, string trio, double bass
Octets: clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet, double bass
Nonets: wind quintet, string trio, double bass
Decets: wind quintet, string quintet
Other combinations

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

Also including a 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