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This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the double bass. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!

Double Bass

Valadon, Woman with a Double Bass (1908)

New Grove article

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Call number browsing

 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


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

General works
Systems and methods
 MT330 Studies and exercises: General works
Orchestral studies
Teaching pieces
Instructive editions
 MT334 Self-instructors 


Classification Numbers for Books about the Double Bass

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

Eastman Double Bass Resources

Further Resources

To locate repertoire by Black musicians, please see the Library Guide Music From People Of the African Diaspora. 

To locate repertoire by women musicians, please see the Library Guide Women In Music.

Harvard Dictionary of Music entry

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