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Compiled by: John Michel Professor of Cello & Bass at Central Washington University Sources include the ASTA String Syllabus (Revised 1986), the Royal Conservatory Syllabus, CWU Library.

thirds. shifting at odd intervals. simple double stops and chords VIII.A. maintain integrity of thumb position form. and more musically mature works with extensive shifting in neck and transitional positions and sometimes brief thumb position passages--simple thumb position anchored at the harmonic or in simple scalar motion--different thumb position patterns. across all strings X. artificial harmonics. faster bow strokes. detached slurs.double stops and chords. staccato articulations. non-harmonic tones INTERMEDIATE LEVELS: V. more complex forms. more difficult bowings and fingerings in first position--extended fingerings. minor scales. ear-training II. thinking in large impulses. trills. half and/or first position including more arppegiated motion--developing tone.complex string crossings ADVANCED LEVELS: IX. longer. different major keys and lower string playing IV. legato vs. positions. memorization III. very fast virtuostic passages.GRADED LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE DOUBLE BASS BEGINNING LEVELS: I. fifth-seventh position. mostly simple scalar motion--establishing intonation. octaves.shifting to high G. open strings. develop strength and endurance in thumb. awkward bow proportion. brush stroke. ornaments.G#. beginning transitional positions. bow hold. multiple shifting. dynamics. slurs. changing strings. pieces require fluent playing over the entire range of the bass--thumb position over entire range. fast and even fingering. bowing patterns.sight reading. tenor clef. shifting between all neck postions and initial vibrato--dotted and more complex rhythms. established spiccato. works utilize the entire range but fall into idiomatic scalar or arpeggiated patterns--thumb position in all higher positions. sixths XI. more contrasting passages. strong core sound. and vibrato--long sustained bowing. VI. VII. very simple fingerings--precursory exercises. rapid string crossings. longer works with extensive shifting in neck and transitional positions and varied use of vibrato-.thumb position double stops . simple half or first position in predictable rhythms. shifting between a few neck positions in isolated succession of shifts--. inch-worm extension or shift. fluent shifting between all neck postions. more challenging. bowings. concerto style playing. solidifying positions. harmonics.

works necessitate not only complete technical command but mature interpretation and sense of artistry XIII. particularly technically and musically challenging music designed for the seasoned. accomplished artist .XII.

Triads. Isaia Nanny 1-8 Portnoi. Book 2 Ricordi 77 Baroque Bass Lines U. StudiesNeil A. Francois Shmuklovsky 1-8 Simandl Wohlfart. It is impossible to identify all of those in this document. are listed first with others following. Vol 1 EMB 30 Studies International/Fischer * . bass students should be exposed to and learn from the finest of music compositions. Preferred editions. in my opinion. of Miami The Artist's Studio for Strings: Shifting Develop. Bk. Orchestral Bowing Etudes (description of all bow strokes!) Belwin New School for the Double Bass.CONTRABASS REPERTOIRE GRADED SYLLABUS The following pieces are listed in general order of technical difficulty. Ralph Montag. 3-11 Applebaum Bille. 5-9 Drew. but even more importantly. and Exercises for String Bass Beginners Fischer New Method for the Double Bass. mostly of accomplished composers. Many pieces of our literature are transcriptions and arrangements borrowed from original works for other instruments. Barry 5 Matesky. but an effort has been made to include interesting selections. Students should be encouraged to explore the entire repertoire. Kjos * The Fundamentals of Double Bass Playing Piper The Well Tempered String Player for Bass Alfred Method. F. Bille. they should have a thorough working knowledge of the most respected works of the repertoire. giving only moderate consideration for musical difficulty. Book 1 Ricordi Complete Method for the Double Bass. Lucas 5 Green. and the accumulated repertoire is more appropriate/satisfying for public performance. 1 Leduc Creative Bass Technique (ASTA) Herald Printing Nouvelle Technique de La Contrebasse vol 1 of 3 Leduc Scales. Lucas ed.VI. 1-8 Zimmerman 1-9 Zimmerman V. Lajos 5-8 Simandl VII. and we have welcomed them into the heart of our repertoire.VIII. Henry 1-7 Rabbath. At all stages of development. Book 1 Fischer Studies for the Progressive String Bass Player Boston Elementary Double-Bass Method Schirmer A Contemporary Concept of Bowing Technique for the Bass MCA * * * * * * New School for the Double Bass. Isaia Drew. ! = CWU library inventory in quantity of each publisher * = my studio inventory in quantity of each publisher(excluding optional publications in italics) b = bass part missing p = piano part missing METHODS/SCALE BOOKS: I-IV. The piece written in bold print are those pieces indicate only my personal preference and interest. The result of hard practice is ultimately more rewarding.

J. F. Green Findeisen.VIII. 2 Special Studies for the Double Bass Method for Contrabass. F. part 2 30 Studies for the Development of Tone Ricordi Billaudot Leduc International * International EMB Leduc Schott Billaudot International Ricordi * ASTA Piper International Leduc Schirmer EMB Leduc Leduc Leduc Univ. I and II New Method for String Bass. Book 1-3 57 Etudes. J. of Miami Dobinger International International ! ! ! UNACCOMPANIED SOLOS: I-VI. 3 & 4 45 Studies by Various Composers. Movements from Solo Suites Logs.S. Technical Studies. Vol III & IV 10 Etudes-Caprices 20 Etudes of virtuosity Etudes of Dreutzer and Fiorilla The Notation of Harmonics Progressive Etudes. Bks. Dragonetti Bach. Bach. Vol 1 Bowing for the Contrabass 18 Studies 12 Etudes Method. Bach. Bach Bach Chihara Downey Six Waltzes for Double Bass Alone Bouree from "3rd Cello Suite" Courante from "First Cello Suite" Menuet in G Major Prelude from "2nd Cello Suite" Monologue Collage I. Isaia Childs. for solo Bass Solo Suites in 3 Vols.Bille Gouffe Hellouin 8-11 Kruetzer Lee Montag Nanny Mochel Rollez Sturm IX. Bach Ozawa Turetsky IX. X. Simandl. I & II 18 Studies vol? Contemporary Etudes Advanced Tech. J. Vol 1-3 110 Etudes. Bks. T Hellouin Hoag Montag Nanny Nanny Nanny Ravel Ruhm Storch & Harbe 9-12 Simandl.. Bk. Vol 2 Complete Method for the Double Bass. 1 Les harmoniques Nine Characteristic Studies Method. Op 14 Vo.S. X. Bks. for solo Bass Silhouette for solo ! ! ! ! ! Leduc Leduc Carl Fischer Leduc Peters Elkan-Vogel Peters Leduc Peters Presser .S. 9-11 Bille. New School for the Double Bass. (see collections) VII..Erb.

38. 2 Reverie Three Sonatas Largo from the Sonata for Cello and Piano. 2 in D major Sonata No. SONATAS: I-IV. A. Vol 1 Conversations forsolo Bass Univ.9+ Eccles Erb Fisher Henze Persichetti Proto Sydeman Aitken Cruft Fredrickson Perle Proto Rabbath Slatford Whittenberg Fantasia for solo Deja Vu for solo Concert Piece Serenade for solo Parable for solo bass Caprice for solo For Bass Alone Suite for Solo Homage to JSBach for solo Music for the Bass Alone Monody II for solo Bass Caprice for solo Bass Rabbath Solos for the Bassist. Corelli Marcello 8 Romberg Scarlatti Vivaldi. Arthur Drew Presser. William VII. op 65 Sonata in F major Sonata Seven Baroque Sonatas Belwin Fischer Belwin Tenuto International Schirmer International * Schirmer Schott International Belwin Fischer University of Miami Belwin-Mills * International Schott Zimmerman ! . of Miami Merion Peters * Schott Elkan-Vogel Liben McGinnis Oxford Lengnick Presser Presser Liben Liben Yorke Peters XI-. IX. No. 1 Three Sonatas 6 Sonatas Sonata No. Lucas V-VI. Drew. Anderson.VIII. solo Unaccompanied Solos. X. Op. Bach Boccherini Bottesini Caporale 9+ Chopin Galliard Hindemith Zimmerman First Sonatina Sonatina Second Sonatina Sonatina Sonata in D minor Six Sonatas Sonata in E minor.

Op. 12 Boccherini Fuchs Handel Hindemith. 6 in A major Sonata. 1 & 2 Sonata in A minor "Arpeggionae" Sonatinas No 1 and 2 International * McGinnis International ! Liben International Doblinger . 97 Sonata in G minor Sonata for Double Bass and Piano Sonatas Nos.XI-. Paul Misek Schubert Skorzeny Sonata No.

1 Intermezzo from Concerto for Cello and Orch. Op. 1 and 2 Concerto in A major Concerto.CONCERTOS AND SOLOS WITH ORCHESTRA: VII. A little concerto Concerto in D Concerto Concerto in E minor Boosey * Yorke *p Belwin Mills *p Yorke Billaudot Billaudot Belwin Belwin * Hofmeister Belwin Yorke * Hofmeister Belwin Leduc ! . 10+ Bruch Cimador Damase Gouffe Handel 10 Haydn Hoffmeister Lalo 9+ Meyer. 8+ Capuzzi 8+ Capuzzi IX. Robert Pichl Simandl Vivaldi XIBottesini Bottesini Dittersdorf Dittersdorf Dragonnetti Koussevitzky Mozart Vanhal Vivaldi Concerto No. 3 No. 2 Concerto in E major Concertos Nos. Op.VIII. 1 Concerto No. 6 International Internationa Schott Yorke International International Leduc Hofmeister International Concerto for Double Bass in F Concerto for Double Bass in D Kol Nidre Concerto in G Concerto Concertino Concerto in G minor Adagio from Cello Concerto in D Concerto No. X. 3 Concerto Concerto in E major Concerto in A minor.

Book 1 Bass Bass (open strings) New Tunes for Strings.W. J. John Merle. J. Forest Evans. Brian. Arthur Carroll. Hill. William Issac. Everett Gossec. Louis Lichner. Books II& III New Tunes for Strings. Forest ed. Fletcher. Patricia Kohler. Edmund Whistler. Stanley Gates. Martin. Jean Etling. Massenet. Ida Dandrieu. John Maiden's Wish Six Easy Pieces for Bass and Piano Songs My Mother Taught Me Solo Time For Strings. Merle Johnson. Hugo Siennicki. Hugo Schlemuller. Vol 1 (designed by Paul Rolland) Chaconne Sarabande and Minuet A Stately Dance Autumn Days Country Gardens Two Jovial Dances Two Austrian Folk Tunes Dance of the Wooden Soldiers Pimprenelle Fun at the Fair Lake Chautauqua Waltz Neapolitan Dance Menuett Cradle Song Prayer Song Highland Heather Solos for Strings Belwin Augener Belwin Highland Novello Boosey Leduc Belwin Belwin KJOS Fischer Belwin Belwin Belwin Billaudot KJOS KJOS KJOS Belwin Fischer Fischer Fischer KJOS Rubank . Francois Gouinguene. Colin Fletcher. Charles Isaac. Harold Lesinsky. J. Hugo Schlemuller. J. Ignaz Schlemuller. Vol 2 Night Song Gavotte Hommage a Vivald Largo Soft Shoe Dance Jolly Dutchman Nautical Melody Lento and Zapateado 34 String Bass Solos Pompola Melodie (Elegie) form Les Erynnies Demetrius Mummers Fischer Berandol? *b Fischer Highland Boosey Bossey Fischer Leduc Fischer Schirmer Fischer Fischer Fillmore Belwin Fischer Fischer Fischer fischer March of the Giants Five Simple Pieces for the Double Bass Gavotte in Rondo Form Solo Time for Strings. Frederick Muller. Harvey V. George Hassler. Frederick Muller. Adam Martin.SHOW PIECES & SHORTER COMPOSITIONS: I-IV. H. Stanley Gouinguene Handel. Frederic 4-6 DeCoursey. Handel Hoag. Frederick Pleyel.Jules Merle. Merle arr. C. Ralph Dvorak Etling. Jean-Louis Muller. Merle Isaac. C. Chopin. Kingman.

VIII. Burnet Walter. Op. Ferenc 8 Faure . David ed. 4 Adagio and Allegro Two 18th c Pieces Adagio Plaisir d'amour Valse Caballero Works for Bass by Hungarian Composers vol 3 Dance of the Shepherds The Gallant Suitor Piece in G minor Aria Cantabile and Parade. Bach Boccherini Cirri Corelli DeCoursey Dragonetti Dragonetti Elgar Etling Galliard Giordani Gouinguene Martini Medins Merle Montag Muller Muller Pierne Purcell Ratex Reinagle Saint Saens Wagner Works for Bass by Hungarian Composers. Hugo Tuthill. Pergolesi Petrie Schlemuller. Lajos ed. from 6 Pieces Characteristiques Two Classical Solos: Tempo di Minuetto The Elephant. 3 Bach Chorales Gavotte Piece in C Choral Air Varie Variations on a Favorite Styrian Folksong Quattro Pezzi for bass and piano Sicilienne. VI. Ameller Bach Bach 7 Bach Busser Chapuis Dancla Eisengraber 7 Farkas. Bk. Hugo Schlemuller. from the Carnival of the Animals To the Evening Star Belle Province: Lebel-Quevillon Aria From Suite No. Hugo Schlemuller.Montag.78 EMB Fischer Rubank Fischer Fischer Fischer FEMA AMSCO Fischer Belwin Misicus Fischer Berando Doblinger Yorke Belwin Etling Belwin Augener Leduc Leduc Belwin Fischer EMB KJOS KJOS Belwin International Billaudot Belwin-Mills *p Durand Schirmer Leduc International Presser Fischer * Leduc Leduc Fischer Fischer Boosey * International * 6 VII. Vol I & II Tre Giorni Asleep in the Deep Minuet Mountain Maiden Our Soldiers Six for Bass The Melodious Bass Menuet in G Minuet Arioso Sarabande Four Miniatures Solo in D minor Three Waltzes Salut d'Amour Solo time for Strings.

Op 50 trans. op. No. 14 Allegro Appassionato. No. Serenade Fantasy for bass and piano Perpetual Motion 12 Essays Gavotte Meditation Song Without Word Six Monteverdi Songs trans. Op. by Simandl Three Minuets Chemins Duo Theme With Variations from Cello Sonata Allegretto from the Solo in E minor Berceuse Apres Un Reve (After a Dream) Romance in A major.Saint Saens 10 Simandl *b *p * * * * * * * * * * . by Stuart Sankey Romance.Galliard 9.12.2 Sonata in F major Chant Du Menestrel (Minstrel's Song. Kije Suite Vocalise Op 34. Daniel van 9. X.Monteverdi Mozart Nanny Nielsen Popper Prokofiev 9 Rachmaninoff 10. Op. 2 Rondo-Fantaisie.Lorenziti Massenet Mendelssohn 9. 10 Bach 10+ Boccherini 9+ Beethoven Beethoven Casterede Dallier Dohnanyi Dragonetti Faure 9 Faure 9 Faure 9 Goens. Op. 72 Presser Brogneaux Musicus Belwin * International International Fischer York Bewin McGinnis Schirmer Yorke International International International Peters Leduc Leduc Belwin Belwin Belwin International Belwin Belwin International Belwin International Billaudot Belwin Broude Belwin Doblinger Leduc copy Belwin Belwin MCA International Leduc Belwin Belwin Musicus International International International * * * IX. 2 Romance from Lt. 51 Concert Study in E minor Sarabande and Gavotte Tempo Di Polacca All Mimsy Andante Cantabile Old Dances for Young Basses Intermezzo The Elephant's Gavotte Adagio fom the Organ Toccata in C major Rondo arr. 71) Scherzo. Zimmermann Minuet Berceuse Fantasy Pieces Gavotte No. 43 Scherzo Capriccioso.Glazunov 10 Gliere Gouffe Haydn 9+ Hovhaness Laska Leitermeyer 10. 32 No. for Bass and Guitar Poco Allegro Lyric Prelude Romance. Op 69 Scherzo Op. Op.8 Laburda Maniet Raphling Saint Saens Simandl Simandl Simandl Smith-Masters Tartini Turetzky Vivaldi Walter Duo.

Reinhol Gliere.. Gliere Koussevitzky Lancen Nanny Pascal Ramsier Schumann Serventi Simandl Simandl Stein. 65 Barcarolle Op 37. S. No. E. Op. Applebaum. Applebaum.9 9 XI- Stevens Taira Tartini Tchaikovsky Zimmermann Bottesini Bush Dragonetti Dragonetti Giannini Gliere.8 7. S. S. of Miami International? Yorke Doblinger Doblinger Colombo Car Fischer Hofmeister International Yorke Leduc Durand Schirmer Leduc Leduc International International International * Leduc Leduc ! ! ! 11 BASS AND PIANO COLLECTIONS: 3-4 3-4 5-6 6 6 6-7 7. 6 Ayres and Dances Tarantella in A Minor Meditation and Scherzo Andante and Rondo Grande Allegro in E mojor Psalm 130 Four Pieces for String Bass and Piano Russian Sailor's Dance Four Pieces Chanson Triste. Bach Ratez Weinstein Zimmerman Building Technic w/ Beautiful Music Vol II (bass part) Belwin Mills Building Technic w/Beautiful Music Vol II (piano part) Belwin Mills Building Technic w/Beautiful Music Vol III (bass part) Belwin Mills Building Technic w/Beautiful Music Vol IV(bass part) Belwin Mills Building Technic w/Beautiful Music Vol IV(piano part) Belwin Mills Bach for the Young Bass Player trans. S. S. of Miami Solos for the Double Bass Player Schirmer * * * * * * * . from 6 Pieces Caracteristiques Billaudot Contemporary Modal Solos Univ. 9 Aria Night Music for Lovecraft Merican Music Transat.. by Zimmermann MCA Menuet varie.D. Op.. R. 2 Croquis (Sketches) Airs Russes Air Varie Divertimento Concertante Chant du Soir Largo et Scherzando Concert Etude Sarabande and Gavotte Concertpiece. Op. Belwin * International *p Univ.8 7-10 Applebaum. Applebaum. Applebaum. Tenaglia Zbar Arioso and Etude Penombres II Adagio Cantabile.

5 6 Smetana Vltava from "My Country" 7 Berlioz Overture "Roman Carnival" 7 Debussy Nocturnes "Fetes" 7 Dvorak Symphony No. 5 International * CHAMBER MUSIC FOR BASS and OTHER: Bach 10 Hodkinson. Sydney 11 Keyper @9 Reed Reynolds. for solo and self-prepared tape Elkan Perpetual Motion in Jazz for solo and opt.ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS: Zimmermann arr. 2 (includes excerpts form the following works:) 6 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 8 Sibelius Symphonic Poem "en Saga" 9 Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique 9 Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade 9 Smetana Overture"The Bartered Bride" 9 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" 8 Lalo Overture "Le Roi D'Ys" 8 Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 "Reformation" 8 Mozart Symphony No. 39 8 Rossini Overture "The Barber of Seville" 8 Schumann Symphony No. 5 "From the New World" 7 Glinka Overture "Russlan and Ludmila" 7 Haydn Symphony No. Vol.bass and piano Peters Reflections on Ives and Whittier. 4 6 Schubert Symphony No. 9 10 Stravinsky Concerto "Dumbarton Oaks" 11 Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 10 Beethoven Symphony No.1 8 Brahms Tragic Overture 8 Beethoven Symphony No. Roger @9 Turetzky @9 Zinn 2 Part Invention for Two Basses copy One Man's Meat for Bass and Performer-Recorded Sound Track Presser Rondo Solo for Bass and Cello or Viola Yorke Trilogue-Scherzo for solo and two mallet percussion Kalmus Acquaintances for flute. 102 7 Nicolai Overture "The Merry Wives of Windsor" 8 Brahms Symphony No. Orchestral Excerpts from Symphonic Rep. bass accomp Excelsior * * * * .