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Browse the Shelves for Double Bass Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
M 55 - 58 double bass alone with no accompaniment
M 237 - 238 double bass with piano or continuo
M 238 double bass sonatas
M 1018 double bass with full orchestra, or with piano reduction of orchestral part, concertos, etc.
M 1118 double bass with string orchestra, full scores or piano reduction of string orchestra part
MT 320 - 330 studies, methods, and technique
MT 331 orchestral excerpts

Additional information regarding call numbers can be found at Music Cataloguing at Yale: Music Call Numbers

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Ensembles Using the Double Bass

Consult section on String Ensembles.

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Double Bass Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the Double Bass may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for Double Bass music in the SMRC is MUS 4055.

Periodicals for Bassists

History of the Double Bass and its Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100.G8 2001
Located on the Dictionary Table

Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the double bass and double bass repertory.

GROVEMUSIC: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online]
Updated regularly. Western-ONLY. 

Grovemusic provides access to the full text of:

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed., 29 vols., published in 2001 (25 million words; 29,000 articles), plus the complete text of
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992),
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, 
  • The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (1994), 
  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2013), and
  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (2014).  


Search by the Subject Heading Double Bass - history to retrieve books which cover the history of the Double Bass.

Recordings of Double Bass Music