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The lowest sounding among stringed bowed instruments, the bass plays a very important role in the Symphony orchestra. This is sort of a musical Foundation on which rests the sound of all the other tools. The range of the bass from mi contra to salt the first octave. Not to write too much incremental lines, agreed to record the double bass part an octave higher than its authentic sound.


As a solo instrument, the double bass is rare. It is very difficult to achieve sharpness and accuracy of intonation, as it is too big and bulky. To play it you have standing or sitting on a special very high stool, and in order to make its strings vibrate, and have put a lot of effort. However, some double-bass reach this virtuosity and play complex pieces, often written for cello. This bass virtuoso was Sergei Koussevitzky, who became famous as an outstanding conductor.

Sergei Aleksandrovich Koussevitzky
Sergei Aleksandrovich Koussevitzky

Contrabasses popular in orchestras and ensembles. There, as a rule, they play a pinch - pizzicato.

Stanley Clarke
Jazz musician and composer Stanley Clarke
playing the bass

Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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