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Double Bass Music

Classification Numbers for Double Bass Music

 M55–M58  Double bass alone:
     M55      Collections (more than one composer)
     M56      Original works: Collections
     M57      Original works: Separate
     M58      Arrangements
 M229–M233  Double bass with piano accompaniment:
     M229      Collections (more than one composer)
     M230      Original works: Collections
     M231      Sonatas
     M232      Suites and variations
     M233      Pieces
 M286–M287  Duets for two string instruments (of all kinds):
     M286      Collections
     M287      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M294–M295  Duets—one stringed and one plucked instrument
 M310–M314  Piano and two stringed instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M330–M334  Piano, one stringed, and one plucked instrument
 M349–M353  Three stringed instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M370–M374  Three stringed and plucked instruments


Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696.U5 M 1998).



Concertos and similar pieces

 M1018  Double bass with orchestra: full scores, piano reductions, and cadenzas
 M1118  Double bass with string orchestra: full scores, piano reductions, and cadenzas


Studies and methods:

 MT320 General works
 MT322 Systems and methods
 MT330 Studies and exercises: General works
 MT331 Orchestral studies
 MT333 Teaching pieces
 MT333.4 Instructive editions
 MT334 Self-instructors 


 Not all double-bass music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf.Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.


Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

Solo double bass music: sonatas (double bass); suites (double bass); variations (double bass); etc.; double bass music
Double bass and piano music: rondos (double bass and piano); sonatas (double bass and piano); suites (double bass and piano); variations (double bass and piano); etc.; double bass and piano music
Duets: double bass music (double basses (2))

violin and double bass music; flute and double bass music; horn and double bass music;etc.

Trios: string trios [for three bowed instruments]

trios [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations]; e.g., trios (piano, double basses (2)), trios (flute, horn, double bass)

Quartets: string quartets[various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of string instruments]; variations [various combinations of string instruments]; etc.

string quartets [mixed string and woodwind, variouscombinations];

also suites, variations, etc.

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

Double Bass and Orchestra: concertos (double bass)

concertos (double bass) — solo with piano

double bass with orchestra

concertos (double bass with string orchestra)

rondos (double bass with orchestra), etc.


Classification Numbers for Books about the Double Bass

 Ref. ML128 .D6  Double-bass bibliographies
 ML920  General works
 ML921  Construction
 ML925  Music and playing



Selected Periodicals

 Bass World: the Journal of the International Society of Bassists (1996–) ML1 .I623 
 Double Bassist (1996–2006)  ML5. D68
 The Bass Sound Post (1967–1971)  ML5 .B317


Selected Internet Resources

 International Society of Bassists