Find Repertoire for Double Bass

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Browse the Shelves for Double Bass Music

Some useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf are: 

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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Search by Subject (Library of Congress) for Music

A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search.  
Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers.

SONATAS (double bass and.....)

SUITES (double bass and....)

Other useful Subject Headings are:

DOUBLE BASS - instruction... 

DOUBLE BASS - studies...

***WARNING*** -- if, for example, you use the Subject "double bass music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only! 

Most music will be found under the subject heading for a specific genre

Words or terms from Subject Headings may be used in KEYWORD searching

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


Early Music

American String Teacher

Orchestra Canada -- becomes OC News (1998)

International Musician (the American Federation of Musicians publication)

Historical Performance -- becomes Early Music America

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.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online]
Updated regularly. Western-ONLY -- GROVEMUSI
Provides access to the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed., the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed.

CLICK-on the following Subject Heading to perform a Subject search in the Western Libaries Catalogue, retrieving all books which cover the history of the Double Bass (and which are owned by Western's Music Library):

double bass - history

Recordings of Double Bass Music


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Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
 Music Library - Western University
Last updated: 2011-12-15