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List of Compositions Featuring the Double Bass

Edition Silvertrust: Chamber Music with Bass

The Chamber Music Journal

Chamber Music Guides

Catalog of concertos:

Philip H. Albright, 1969. Original solo concertos for the double bass. Eastman school of music of the University of Rochester (PhD diss.)

Nestor Zayas, 2010. A Selection of the Most Significant Concertos for Double Bass Written since 1970: Reviews and Performance Approaches. Florida State University (PhD diss.)

Thomas Nickerson, 2015. Thematic Catalogue for Upright Bass Concerti. California Polytechnic State University (Bacherlor thesis)

Robin de Zeeuw, 2013. De Weense bas; Een erfenis uit een glansrijk verleden. Universiteit  Utrecht (Bachelor thesis)

Repertoire of the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet

Library aggregators

Legal issues

New Koussevitzky stuff


Other Solo

From Milan conservatory digital library: Bottesini, Czerny

Chamber Music

Romantic chamber music in its cultural contexts
Repertoire of the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet
Guide to music for double bass and piano


Dragonetti Publications

Incipit of Dragonetti's "Grande Concerto in D" as published by Doblinger (WorldCat), via Michal Bylina:

\relative c'
\key c \major
\time 4/4
\clef bass
\tempo "Allegro Giusto"
g2( _\markup{\dynamic f} fis4 f) |
e2 r4 e8.( g16) |
f2( e4) es8.( d16) |
d2 r4 b8.( c16)

Incipit of Dragonetti's "Concerto No. 5" as published by Doblinger (WorldCat), via Vito Liuzzi:

\relative c''
\key g \major
\time 4/4
\clef bass
\tempo "Allegro moderato"
r2 r8^"Cadenz" \clef treble g8 _\markup{\dynamic mf} g g |
b8( g) g g e( g) g g |
\clef bass cis,8( e) e e b( cis) cis cis |
cis( b) b( g) g( e) e( cis)

See also: Concerto No. 1 by Doblinger (WorldCat)

Martignon Numbers

Thematic Catalogues

Non-PD selections

Just a list of good repertoire to keep in mind, nothing more.


String Orchestra

  • Lars-Erik Larsson (1908 – 1986): Concertino, Op.45 No.11 (1957)
  • Thomas Goss: Concerto
  • Gordon Jacob (1895 – 1984): A Little Concerto (1972)
  • Virgilio Mortari (1902 – 1993): Elegia e Capriccio (from Duettini Concertati for violin & bass)
  • Peter Paul Koprowski (1947): Concerto for double bass, strings and percussion
  • Alan Ridout (1934 – 1996): Concerto (1974)
  • Alexander Verster: Concerto (mvt.1,mvt.2,mvt.3)
  • Živojin Glišić: Concerto (YouTube)
  • Alexander Litvinovsky: Pelléas et Mélisande, Le Grand Cahier

Wind Ensemble

  • Burnet Tuthill: Concerto
  • Paul Chihara: Dances & Reveries
  • Calliope Tsoupakis: Kentavros (with wind ensemble and piano)
  • Clark McAlister: Diferencias sobre Cervantes (for double bass, english horn and chamber winds)
  • Dana Wilson: Concerto

Concert Band

  • Andrew Seager Cole: Concerto "Naya Jeevan"
  • Charles Rochester Young: Southern Concerto
  • Luis Serrano Alarcón: Concerto



  • Emil Tabakov: Motivy
  • Philip Glass: Partita "The not-doings of an insomniac"
  • Hans Fryba: Suite im Alten Stil
  • Vagn Holmboe: Solo Sonata, Op.82 (1962)
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Solo Sonata, Op.108
  • Virgilio Mortari: Foli d'Album
  • Nicholas Walker: Chorale
  • Pēteris Vasks: Bass Trip
  • Luciano Berio: Psy
  • David Heyes: This We Know
  • David Ellis: Sonata, Op.42


  • Astor Piazzolla
    • Contrabajeando
    • Contrabajissimo
    • Kicho
  • Virgilio Mortari: Duettini Concertati (violin& double bass)
  • Alberto Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes for Orchestra (Variacion No.XI)
  • Sean McClowry: Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Ensemble (YouTube)
  • Zdeněk Lukáš: Duo di Basso (with cello)
  • Transcriptions for piano quintet by Marek Zebrowski
  • Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye transcribed for piano quintet by Roland Kato (YouTube)
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Piano Quintet
  • Kees van Baaren: Septet (wind quintet + violin + bass)
  • Darius Milhaud: String Quintet No.2
  • Ernst Levy: Streichquintett (1916); Musicaneo

Chinese Watchlist

Numbered notation: jianpu [简谱/簡譜], sheet music: yuepu [乐谱/樂譜]

Summer Thunder Music: archive of scores

Hong Kong Baptist University Library: Resounding the Scores

  • Abing: Recorded on magnetic wire by professors Cao Anhe [曹安和] (1905-2004) and Yang Yinliu [杨荫浏] (1899-1984) on 4 september 1950; the recordings were published following his death. They are already public domain in Canada, since the copyright term was lengthened from 50 to 70 only in 2015, which does not apply retroactively (see paragraph 82 of Act 5 of the Economic Action Plan 2015).
  • Er Nie: Public domain, but did not write for chinese instruments (AFAIK)
  • Lou Shuhua [婁樹華] (1907-1952): Guzheng [古箏] player, PD in China/Canada. Author of Fishermen's Boats at Dusk [渔舟唱晚] for guzheng solo; not to be confused with the identically named piece for solo violin and piano by Li Guo-quan [黎国荃].
  • Huang Haihuai [黄海懷] (1935-1967): Erhu [二胡] player, will be PD in China/Canada in 2018. Composer of Horse Racing [赛马], originally with Yangqin accompaniment. The recording with the composer was made in 1963, and also fell into the public domain in Canada in 2014 (just in time!)
  • Liu Raozhang [柳尧章] (1905-1996): Pipa [琵琶] player. Initial author of Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye [春江花月夜], arranged in 1925 for the Shanghai Datong Club from the existing pipa solo melody Xunyang Ye Yue [浔阳夜月]. There is an undated recording of this version with the Datong Club (early 1930s?)
    • From YouTube: Xīyáng xiāo gǔ [夕阳箫鼓], popular since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a handwritten score for this traditional pipa piece first appeared in 1875 and contained seven untitled sections. The present score from which this excerpt is derived has eight subtitled sections and is taken from Li Fangyuan's New Collection of 13 Pipa Score, 1895.
  • Peng Xiuwen [彭修文] (1931-1996): Conductor and composer, the biggest name. Made orchestral arrangements of Erquan Yingyue, Chung Jiang Hua Yue Ye and many others.
  • Liu Wenjin [刘文金/劉文金] (1937-2013): Author of Fisherman's Triumphant Song [渔舟凯歌] among many others.
  • Liu Xing [刘星/劉星] (b. 1962): Zhongruan [中阮] player, composed some epic solo pieces for the instrument, including the concerto "Reminiscences of Yunnan" [雲南回憶]
  • Wang Changyuan [王昌元] (b. 1945 or 1946): Guzheng player, author of Zhan Tai Feng [战台风]. Is shown playing the piece in the film Bai Hua Zheng Yan [百花争艳] (1976).
  • Sun Wenming (1928-1962): blind erhu player, overshadowed by Abing. Composed Liu Bo Qu in 1952.

Unpublished pieces



  • Cello Concerto in D minor, RV 407, by Antonio Vivaldi: solo part, second movement, begins in tenor clef, but the clef change is missing. But it's been too long (updates in the software would make this a new edition), and the error should be obvious to any performer, so not planning to fix. Seen used in the wild: YouTube YouTube YouTube, and YouTube YouTube
  • De profundis clamavi by Nicolas Champion: A terrible typeset of the terrible printing in Dodecachordon. AFAIK, any errors are from the source material rather than my typeset, and I'm only leaving it up because the extra rythmic complexity from the Dodecachordon version might be worth checking out, but for all other purposes, use Garvin's typeset from Liber Selectarum Cantionum. If I'd known that the motet was featured there, too, I wouldn't have typeset from Dodecachordon.
  • Double Bass Concerto No.6 in D major by Domenico Dragonetti
    • Man up and check articulations, dynamics, tutti/solo in parts (not man enough)
  • 3 String Quintets, G.337-339 (Op.39), by Luigi Boccherini
    • Mvt.1 bar 19: 2 octave difference between clarinet and flute
    • Mvt.1 bar 35: check if trumpet not too difficult
    • Mvt.1 bar 55: Upbeat in bar. sax and tuba is doubled by the other line and may be better off omitted
    • Mvt.1 bar 63: not much variety in the three steps of the crescendo (e.g. too early entrance of trumpets masks the other instruments)
    • Mvt.1 bar 72: check positions of chord notes
    • Mvt.1 bar 97: flz. not possible to play piano, especially in trumpets and trombones
    • Mvt.1 bar 113: trumpet 1 may not blend with flutes/clarinets if unmuted
    • Mvt.2 beginning: consider bass clarinet instead of bassoon, creates a clarinet choir
    • Mvt.2 Oboe solo: consider adding more articulations
    • End of Mvt.4: Bassoon part not cued in any other part
    • Mvt.4 bar 9: Clar. 1 misplaced staccato
  • Sextet in E-flat major, G.467, by Luigi Boccherini
    • Mvt.2, bar 44: Oboe low B-flat perhaps should be exchanged with clarinet
    • Trio, bar 2: Clarinet empty measure has rests spelled out
    • Preface says "No musical material was omitted" but one element was left out somewhere, although I don't remember which
  • Septuor Concertant by Sigismund Neukomm
    • Title page says the flute part incorporates material from the trumpet, but this isn't the case
  • String Quartet in C major by Johann Hindle
    • Some accidentals still have square brackets
    • Cello part: bad spacing in allegro moderato
  • String Quintet No.1 by Georges Bousquet

Formative albums

  • Hille Perl - Doulce Memoire (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1999)
  • Pomerium - Musical Book of Hours (Archiv Produktion, 1998)
  • Musica Fiata - Venetian Music at the Habsburg Court (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1991)
  • Theatrum Instrumentorum – Dulces Et Fortissimae (New Tone Records, 1994)
  • Piffaro, The Renaissance Band - Stadtpfeiffer: Music of Renaissance Germany (Dorian Recordings, 2001)
  • Doulce Memoire - Henri IV & Marie de Medicis : Messe de mariage (Astrée, 2000)
  • Alta Capella Und Citharedi Der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - »A La Ferrarese« Bassadanze, Balli E Canzoni (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1991)


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