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“Dissertations & Theses” page is created to serve as a reference source for all academic works in the field of bass scholarship, ranging from the level of High School project theses to the comprehensive Doctoral Dissertation works. Featured are all the historic and contemporary forms of theses extant – so beside the traditional dissertations on the classical bass performance and pedagogy, you will note a variety of other works from the spectrum of topics such as organology, acoustics, jazz, national / folk music, and the electric bass too. The catalog is essentially designed to be a research tool to all scholars, educators, professionals and students who wish to explore the current state of knowledge in the ever-widening field of bass expertise.

The foundation of this listing is the WorldCat – the world’s biggest online database. Yet, the future development will also incorporate all the entries from the national databases too. This listing also reflects a modern trend in the academe, where the term “thesis” simply does not imply any longer only a traditional scholarly research book format, but encompasses the compositions, performances or any combination of audio-visual and or printed work for a particular degree. All of these formats are – and will be included, with the exception of sole “Performance Theses” when they come without any written content. These can then be considered a degree related performance recitals, and thus are not the works suitable for this category.

To our joy, many of the featured theses are also available in the “free download” formats, and where such an access is possible, special links are cited. Also, please don’t be surprised to note that many theses are profiled as the compositions works – whether in the form of transcriptions or the original compositions. This type of thesis has become rather common now, and may be a product of either the composition or the bass performance departments. Lastly, to avert any confusion with the book titles that you may recognize here, it should be noted that some of the known reference titles – those for example by Abbas, Focht, Meier, Palmer and Webster – have actually begun their lives as the dissertations, and thus rightfully belong to be cited in this catalog.






Acoustics

Doctoral Theses

  • Abbas, Esmat. Klangliche Eigenschaften Des Kontrabasses: Spektralanalytische Und Historische Untersuchungen Zum Bau Und Zum Klang. Doctoral Thesis, Universität zu Köln, 1989.

[ cited also under “Organology” heading ]

  • Brown, Andrew. An Acoustical Comparison of Flatback and Roundback Double Basses. Ph. D. Thesis, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, 2004. Download Page
  • Fervágner, Csaba. A Nagybőgő Akusztikája. D.L.A. Thesis, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 2013. Download Page

[ Translated title: The Acoustics of Double Bass]

  • Payton, Leonard R, Contrabass Harmonic Potential: A Study in Acoustics and Composition. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1988. Details

[ performance & written dissertation ]

Masters Theses

  • Brown, Andrew. Acoustical Studies on the Adjustable Double Bass Bridge Height Adjusters. MA Thesis, 1999. Download Page
  • Carvalho Silva, Jose Eduardo de. Tremor e Vibrato Humanos: Mediação De Taxa, Profundidade e Regularidade no Movimento Demembros, na Voz e no Contrabaixo Acústico. Master in Electrical Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2010. Download Page

[Translated title: Tremor and Human Vibrato: Rate of Mediation, Depth and Regularity in Members Movement, Voice and Acoustic Bass]

  • Eidal Wiken, Steffen. Måling av Lavfrekvent Utstråling fra Scenegulv. M. of and Electronics and Telecommunication, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2009. Download Page

[ Translated title: Measurement of the Low-frequency Radiation from the Stage Floor]
[ Thesis covers the research of stage floor radiance in relation to the low frequencies of double bass ; Thesis Advisor: Knut Guettler]

  • Ramo, Audun. Fysiske og Tekniske Utfordringer Knyttet til Bruk av Elektroniske Effekter med Kontrabass. M.M. Thesis, University of Agder, Norway, 2010. Download Page

[ Translated title: Physical and Technical Challenges Associated With the Use of Electronic Effects on Bass ]
[ cited also under “Jazz” heading ]

  • Schubert, Earl D. An Experimental Analysis of the Timbre of the Viola, Violoncello, and Contrabass. M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1942.
  • Woodrich, Dennis L. Multi-nodal Performance Technique for Contrabass Harmonics. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1980.

Bachelor Theses

  • Barnert, Richard. Akustische Messungen am Kontrabass. Bachelor Thesis, Institut für Elektronische Musik, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. 1996.



Bass History – General

Doctoral Theses

  • Cohen, Irving H. The Historical Development of the Double Bass. Ph.D. Thesis, New York University, 1967.
  • Fink, Bernhard M. Die Geschichte Des Kontrabasses Und Seine Trennung Vom Violoncello in Der Orchestralen Instrumentation. [Regensburg: G. Bosse, 1974.]

[BSB cites this book also as a dissertation, yet without information on the granting institution – BSB Record Link]

  • Greenberg, Michael. “l’âme Des Orchestres”: La Contrebasse À Paris Et En Ile De France (xvie-Xxe Siècles). Doctoral Thesis, Université de Paris, Sorbonne, 2008.
  • Lewy, Rudolf. The Meaning and Evolution of the Bass Register, the Bass Part and the Bass Instruments: (the Essence of Bass). Ph.D. Thesis, Tel-Aviv University, 1977.

[ variants “Rudolph” and year “1978” ]

  • Sas, Stephen. A History of Double Bass Performance Practice: 1500-1900. D.M.A. Thesis, The Juilliard School, 1999.
  • Siemers, Brian J. The History and Development of the Double Bass. D.M.A Thesis, University of Cincinnati, 2001. Abstract
  • Wee, Christina C.-Y. P. A Historic Collaboration: The Piano and the “bass Violin” from Its Inception During the Baroque Period to the Twenty-First Century. D.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 2007.

Masters Theses

  • Butler, David Medford. An Investigation of the Musical Identity of the Double Bass. M.A. Thesis, Ohio State University, 1966. Download Page
  • DeMatteo, Edward D. The History and Development of the Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, University of Rochester, 1957. Download Page
  • Fanelli, Michael. The Genealogy and Evolution of the Double Bass. , M.A. Thesis, University of Missouri–Columbia, 1981.
  • Parke, James Wilson. The Double Bass, Its Use and Famous Virtuosos. M.M. Thesis, University of Cincinnati, 1941. Record Link
  • Salliot, Anne. Aspects de la Contrebasse Solitaire. M.M. Thesis, Université François Rabelais, Tours, 1994. Online Access Page

Bachelors Theses

  • Schiesser, Anna-Katharina. Projekt Kontrabass. B.M. Thesis, Pädagogische Hochschule St.Gallen, 2009.
  • Villanueva, Luis R. Muñoz. Vanhal’s Bass concerto and the Viennese school of bass playing – historical and contextual notes. B.A. in Music Thesis, Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne (HEM), 2009. Download Page

[cited also under “Composers – Vanhal”]

High School – Gymnasium Theses

  • Bierkandt, Katrin. Der Kontrabaß – ein emanzipiertes Instrument. Seminarfach-
    arbeit, Gymnasium “Am Lindenberg”, Ilmenau, 1999. Download Page
  • Suda, Markus. Der Kontrabass: Wurzeln und Entwicklung eines Streichinstruments, Virtuosen der Vergangenheit, Kontrabassunterricht in Oberösterreich heute. Fachbereichsarbeit aus Musikerziehung, Öffentliches Stiftsgymnasium Kremsmünster, 2007. Download Page



Bass History – Classical Period

Doctoral Theses

  • Fletcher, Clive Anthony. The Viennese Double Bass and its Role as a Solo Instrument, 1760-1812. (?) Thesis, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom, 2001.
  • Focht, Josef. Der Wiener Kontrabass: Spieltechnik Und Aufführungspraxis – Musik Und Instrumente. Doctoral Thesis, Universität Tübingen, 1994.
  • Mazurowicz, Ulrich. Das Streichduett in Wien von 1760 bis zum Tode Joseph Haydns. Ph.D. Thesis, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 1980.

[Chapter: Duette — für Violine und Violoncello bzw. Kontrabass]

  • Meier, Adolf. Konzertante Musik Für Kontrabass in Der Wiener Klassik: Mit Beiträgen Zur Geschichte Des Kontrabassbaues in Österreich : Inaugural-Dissertation Zur Erlangung Der Doktorwürde Der Philosophischen Fakultät Der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Doctoral Thesis, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 1969.
  • Morgan, Cassidy Andrew. Exploring Viennese Tuning and Its Benefits for the Modern Double Bassist. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Maryland, 2016. Download Page
  • Rinckens, Franziska. Kontrabaßspiel im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Ph.D. Thesis, Bonn, 1986. Source Page
  • Webster, James. The Bass Part in Haydn’s Early String Quartets: And in Austrian Chamber Music, 1750-1850. Ph.D. Dissertation, Princeton University, 1974.

Masters Theses

  • Andjelic-Andzakovic, Darija. The Contrabass Sonatas of Johann Matthias Sperger. M.M.  Thesis in Musicology, University of Auckland, 2011.
  • Corte, Sávio de La. A Double Bass Concerto of Unidentified Author. M.M.A. Thesis, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2012.
  • Fletcher, Clive Anthony. The Viennese Double Bass and its Role as a Solo Instrument, 1760-1812. M. Phil. Thesis, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom, 2001. Record Link

[contains edition of Sperger’s concerto no. 14]
[cited also under: “Composers” – “Sperger, Johann Matthias”]

  • Gravel, Christian. L’école Viennoise De Contrebasse : Genèse Et Réception. M.A. Thesis, University of Montreal, 2013. Download Page

[ written in German although the title is in French! ]

  • Halpin, Sarah. The Classical Vienennese Violone and its Historical Implications on Modern Performance Practice with Particular Reference to the Violone Solos in Haydn’s Symphonies. M.M. Thesis, Dublin Institute of Technology. 2010. Record Link Abstract
  • Mills, Joseph E. Johann Matthias Sperger’s Concerto No. 14 for Contrabass and Orchestra: As an Example of Literature for the Solo Contrabass from the Viennese Classic Period. [sign. M. B16]. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1991.
  • Le Compte, Korneel. Music Form an Island : The Double Bass in 18th Century Vienna. Master Thesis, Royal Concervatory of Brussels, 2008.


Bachelors Theses

  • Heckenberg, Marian L. Viennese Tuning: A Twentieth Century Bassist’s Approach to Concertante Music for the Double Bass from the Viennese Classical Period Through Study of the Vanhal Concerto. B.M. Thesis, University of Queensland, 1991.



Bass History – Baroque Period

Doctoral Theses

  • Borgir, Tharald. The Performance of the Basso Continuo in Seventeenth Century Italian Music. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California at Berkeley, 1971.
  • Dreyfus, Laurence Dana. Basso Continuo Practice in the Vocal Works of J. S. Bach: A Study of the Original Performance Parts. Ph.D. Thesis, Columbia University, 1983.
  • Gray, Annika. The Solo Sonata with Basso Continuo in the British Isles until 1716. Ph.D. Thesis, Cardiff University, 2013 – [in Progress]
  • Hodgkinson, Christine. Terminology, Performance and Structure of the “bass” in Few Voiced Seventeenth Century Italian Instrumental Music. Ph. D. Thesis, University of Sheffield, Department of Music, 1978.
  • Hogan, Shelley Christine. The Ripieno Bass Section of the Dresden Hofkapelle during the Reign of August the Strong, 1709–1733: Players, Repertoire, Performance. University of Melbourne, 2013.

[in Progress – Project Link]

  • Hogestijn, Anneke. Bas of Contrabas: Over Het Begrip Basso En De Laagste Strijkinstrumenten in Het 17e En 18e Eeuwse Nederland. Ph.D. Thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1988.
  • Sadie, Julie A. The Bass Viol in French Baroque Chamber Music. Ph.D. Thesis, Cornell University, 1978.
  • Urquhart, Margaret. The 8′ and 16′ Violone in J. S. Bach’s Music. Ph.D. Thesis, Leiden University, 2015.

[in Progress – Project Link]

  • Valenzuela, Ruben. Basso continuo Practice in New Spain: The Players and Practices at the Cathedrals of Mexico City and Puebla. Ph.D. Thesis, Claremont Graduate University, California, 2015. Abstract 1Abstract 2
  • Whittaker, Nathan H. Chordal Cello Accompaniment: The Proof and Practice of Figured Bass Realization on the Violoncello from 1660—1850. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, 2012. Download Link

[although the thesis belongs to the subject of violoncello, it also addresses the history of bass instruments – including the violone and double bass]

  • Wright, Noeleen. Bass Lines for Bowed Bass or Keyboard within String Ensemble Repertoire from Italian Presses; 1660-1700. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Western Australia, 2013. AbstractDownload Page

Masters Theses

  • Erodi, Gyongy Iren. The sixteenth-century basse de violon: fact or fiction? Identification of the bass violin (1535-1635). M.M. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2009. Download Page

Bachelor Theses

  • Milota, Jiří. Barokní violony. Masters Thesis, Masaryk University, Brno, 2007. Download Page



Bass History – Folk Music

  • Osička, Pavel. Kontrabas v lidové hudbě středovýchodní Evropy. Bachelor Thesis, Masaryk University, Brno, 2006. Download Page

[ Translated title: Double Bass in Folk Music of Central-East Europe ]



Bass Players

Azarkhin, Rodion (1931-2007)

  • Stokes, Donovan. Rodion Azarkhin and Kontrabass (1978). D.M. Thesis, Indiana University, 2006. Record Link

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

  • Thomasz, Ştefan. Transcriere şi Adaptare Pentru Contrabas în Creaţia lui J. S. Bach. Doctor în Muzică Thesis. Universitatea Naţională de Muzică, Bucarest, 2007.

[ Translated title: Transcriptions and Arrangements for Double Bass from J. S. Bach’s Opus ]
[ cited also under “Repertoire – Solo & Chamber” heading ]

 

Bille, Isaia (1874-1961)

  • Boswell, Jeffrey W. Comparison of Two Unaccompanied Works for the Double Bass: Organalis by Isaia Bille and Statements and Variants by John Hall. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1976. Record Link
  • Dahmer, Samuel. Re-editingIsaia Billè’s 24 Studi-Capricci per Contrabbasso a 4 Corde to Modern Notation for Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2017. Download Page

Bottesini, Giovanni (1821-1889)

Doctoral Theses

  • Amorim, George. The Influence of Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889) on Pietro Valls (1869-1935): An Analysis of “Homenaje À Bottesini” (1906) by Pedro Valls. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2009. Download Page
  • Gergely, Járdányi. Giovanni Bottesini Élete És Nagybőgőművei A Készülő Műjegyzék Problematikája. D.L.A. Thesis, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 2010. Download Page

[Translated: Giovanni Bottesini’s Life and Works. The List of Compositions in Preparation and the Problematic of Research ]

  • Lee, Shao-Lan. Research, Analysis and Pedagogical Application of Giovanni Bottesini’s Method for Double Bass. D.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 2003.
  • Palmer, Andrew E. Giovanni Bottesini in the United States, 1848-1854. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Memphis, 1995.
  • Ramirez-Castilla, Jaime. Musical Borrowings in the Music for Double Bass by Giovanni Bottesini. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 2007. Download Page

Masters Theses

  • Docs, Robert S. Fantasie Sonnambula for Double Bass and Piano by Giovanni Bottesini: An Examination of the Historical Perspectives and Technical Complexities. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1980.
  • Giller, Alexandra Patricia. Experts and Excerpts: the Application of Giovanni Bottesini’s Complete Method for the Contre-Basse to the Preparation of Orchestral Excerpts Taken From the Works of Giuseppe Verdi. M.A. Thesis, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2015. Download Page

[cited also under “Pedagogy” and “Repertoire – Orchestra” headings]

  • Magdziarek, Nathalie. Giovanni Bottesini Et La Contrebasse À Trois Cordes., M.M. Thesis, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1997. Record Link
  • Torres, Josue E. R. Italian Operatic Paraphrasing in Instrumental Music: A Thematic and Performance Practice Study on a Work of Giovanni Bottesini Based on Themes from Vincenzo Bellini’s Opera “il Puritani”. M.M. Thesis, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 2009.

Non-specified Theses

  • Massa, Joachim.,Bravi, Mauro. Giovanni Bottesini ed il Conservatorio di Milano : la formazione. Analisi delle composizioni giovanili a confronto con le opere di L. Rossi e A. Rolla. Milano : Conservatorio di musica “G. Verdi”, 2006.

Černý, František (1861-1940)

  • Císař, Martin. František Černý, Profesor Kontrabasové Třídy Pražské Konzervatoře. B.M. Thesis, Music and Dance Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 1997.

Ciechański, Adam Bronisław (1882 – 1957)

  • Capoccioni, Hunter. Adam Bronisław Ciechański (1882-1957): A Consideration Of Repertoire For The Double Bass Inspired By A Forgotten Virtuoso And Father Of The Polish Double Bass School. D.M.A Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015. Abstract

Dragonetti, Domenico (1763-1846)

Doctoral Theses

  • Bagovska, Petya. Приносът на Драгонети, Ботезини и Кусевицки за Развитието на Контрабасовото Изкуство. [degree not cited] Thesis, Bulgarian State Conservatoire, Sofia, 1985.

[Translated: The Contribution of Dragonetti, Bottesini and Koussevitzky to the Development of Double Bass Art]

  • Koch, Nanna. Konzertante Kuriositäten: Die Quintette Für Solo-Kontrabass Bzw. Solo-Violine Und Streicher Von Domenico Dragonetti (1763-1846). Doctoral Thesis, Universität Heidelberg, 2002.
  • Palmer, Fiona M. Domenico Dragonetti in England (1794-1846): The Career of a Double Bass Virtuoso. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Birmingham, 1994.
  • Pershounin, Alexander. The Three-String Solo Double Bass: Origins, Advantages, and Decline. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Southern Mississippi, 2002. Citation Link
  • Scelba, Anthony. Domenico Dragonetti, Grand Concert-Piece for Double Bass and Orchestra. D.M.A Thesis, Juilliard School, 1976.

Masters Theses

  • Bainbridge, Alexandra N. An Analysis of the Domenico Dragonetti String Quartets and Their Manuscripts. M.A. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011. Download Page
  • Laycock, Randolph P. The Dragonetti Concerto in a Major for Double Bass: An Analysis with Biographical and Historical Considerations. M.M. Thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1978. Record Link
  • Nathan, Gregory C. Composing a Cadenza for Dragonetti’s Concerto in a Major / Gregory Charles Nathan. M.A. Thesis [project], California State University, Sacramento, 1982.
  • O’Neal, Neal. The Double Bass Solos of Domenico Dragonetti. M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina, 1957.
  • Roylance, Philippa M. A Performing Edition of Domenico Dragonetti’s Sole in G for Double Bass and Piano and a Thematic Index of His Miscellaneous Compositions for Double Bass.  M.M. Thesis, University of Queensland, 1986. Abstract

Findeisen, Theodor Albin (1881-1936)

  • Matheson, Robert Newell. New Performance Editions of Three Works for Double Bass by Theodor Albin Findeisen (1881-1936). D.M.A. Thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2012. Download Page

Graupner, Gottlieb (1767–1836)

Hertl, Frantisek (1906-1973)

  • Roederer, Jason K. A Performer’s Guide to Frantisek Hertl’s Concerto for Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2009. Download Page
  • Vopálka, Jiří. František Hertl : Život, Dílo, Rozbor Sonáty pro Kontrabas a Klavír. B.M. Thesis, Music and Dance Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 1997.

Horák, Pavel (1940)

  • Valenčík, Juraj. Kontrabasista Pavel Horák. B.M. Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2012. Download Page

[ Translated title: Doublebassist Pavel Horák ]

Hindemith, Paul (1895-1963)

  • DeSalvo, Nancy. The Sonata for Double Bass and Piano by Paul Hindemith. D.M.A. Thesis, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1999.

Karr, Gary

  • Poetzel, Rosemary A. The Influence of Gary Karr, Bass Virtuoso on Modern Double Bass Performance Practices. M.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 1971.

Kohaut, Karl (1726-1784)

  • Franková, Jana. Život a Dílo Josefa Kohouta (1734-1777) Jako Příklad Migrace Hudebníků v Osvícenské Evropě. Ph.D. Thesis, Masaryk University, Brno, 2015. Download Page

[ Translated title: The Life and Works of Joseph Kohaut (1734-1777) as a Contribution to the Study of the Migration of Musicians in Enlightenment Europe ]

Koussevitzky, Serge (1874-1951)

Theses that do not relate to the bass field are also included.

Doctoral Theses

  • Stiles, Robert D. Serge Koussevitzky: Recently Discovered Compositions for Double Bass and for Large Ensembles within the Context of His Life and Career. D.M.A Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 2003. Download Page 1Download Page 2
  • Kelley, Maurice E. Performance Practice Issues in the Short Solo Works of Serge Koussevitzky. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006. Download Page

[ search by “Kelley, Maurice” ]
[ also cited under “Repertoire” heading ]

  • Mugmon, Matthew. The American Mahler: Musical Modernism and Transatlantic Networks, 1920-1960 : a Dissertation. Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University, 2013.

[features the American legacy of Gustav Mahler and the 20th Century conductors: Copland, Koussevitzky and Bernstein]

Masters Theses

  • Chao, Pei. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky and the Cultivation of French Music in America during the First Half of the Twentieth Century. M.M. Thesis, University of North Texas, 1997.
  • Clayton, Linda G. Koussevitzky, the Man and His Works. M.A. Thesis, California State University, Sacramento, 1975.
  • Morgan, Richard S. Critical Reaction to Serge Koussevitzky’s Programming of Contemporary Music with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1924-1929. M.A. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1982.

Bachelors Theses

  • Burghausen, Ingo. Die Bedeutung Sergej Kussewitzkys als Kontrabassist und Komponist. Unveröffentlichte Diplomarbeit, Weimar, 1988.
  • Ransom, Hilda A. A Study of the Original Concert Programs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the Direction of Serge Koussevitzky from 1924 through 1949. Bachelors Thesis, San Jose State College, 1955.

Laska, Gustav (1847-1928)

  • Freeman, Tiffany S. Three Unpublished Works by Gustav Laska: Fantasie Caprice, Fantasie, Op. 4, and Fantasie Pittorico. D.M. Thesis, Indiana University, 2015. Download Page

Meyer, Edgar (1960)

  • Iannaccone, Louanne Marie. Crossing Over in the 21st Century: New Perspectives on Classical Music Through the Work of Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer, and Béla Fleck. M.M. Thesis, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, 2005. Download Page

Montag, Lajos (1906-1997)

  • Kubina, Péter. Montag Lajos, A Magyar Nagybőgőzés Kiemelkedő Egyénisége. D.L.A. Thesis, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 2008. Download Page

[Translated: Lajos Montag, An Outstanding Figure of Hungarian Double Bass Playing]

Obrecht, Eldon (1920-2011)

  • Chiarello, F. M. A Study of Selected Compositions by Eldon Obrecht. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1994. [also cited under “Composers” heading]

Petracchi, Franco (1937)

  • Ritter, Alexandre. Franco Petracchi and the Divertimento concertante per contrabbasso e orchestra by Nino Rota: a successful collaboration between composer and performer. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia, 2010. Download Link

[ cited also under “Composers” – “Nino Rotta” ]

Proto, Frank

  • Ebinger, John N. The Double Bass Music of Frank Proto. D.M.A. Thesis, Arizona State University, 1994.

[ cited also under “Composers” heading ]

  • Machado, Marcos P. Francois Rabbath Applied: An Analysis of His Technique for a Successful Performance of Frank Proto’s Music. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.

[ cited also under “Rabbath, François” and “Bass Technique” headings ]

Prunner, Joseph (1886-1969)

  • Stotz, Daniel. A Revision of Joseph Prunner’s Progressive Studies for the Double Bass. D.M.A Thesis, Arizona State University, Phoenix, 2012. Download Page

Rabbath, François

  • Greenberg, Michael. François Rabbath: His Career in Documents. M.M. Thesis, Université de Paris, Sorbonne, 1999.
  • Machado, Marcos P. Francois Rabbath Applied: An Analysis of His Technique for a Successful Performance of Frank Proto’s Music. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.

[cited also under “Bass Technique” heading]

  • Williamson, Chloe. Francois Rabbath’s “A New Technique for Double Bass” and its orchestral Application. M.Phil. Thesis, The University of Queensland, 2013. Abstract

Rossini, Gioacchino (1792-1868)

  • White, Russell C. A Contrast of the Use of the Double Bass in the Chamber Works of G. Rossini and F. Schubert. M.M. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1982. [ Presently: University of North Texas ] Record Link

Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)

  • White, Russell C. A Contrast of the Use of the Double Bass in the Chamber Works of G. Rossini and F. Schubert. M.M. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1982. [ Presently: University of North Texas ] Record Link

Scontrino, Antonio (1850-1922)

  • Schultz, Michael John. The Double Bass Concerto of Antonio Scontrino. D.M.A. Thesis, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1991.

Sperger, Johann Matthias (1750-1812)

Doctoral Theses

  • Beckendorf, Andrea L. Johann Sperger: The Career of a Double Bass Virtuoso and Historical Context for a Performance Edition of His Terzetto for Horn, Viola and Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 2001.
  • Kioulaphides, Victor. Two Mixed Quartets of J.M. Sperger: The Schwerin Manuscripts. [CIII/24, CIII/25] D.M.A. Thesis, Manhattan School of Music, New York, 1992. Record Link
  • Fejérvári, Zsolt. A Nagybőgőjáték Virágkora A XVIII. Században, Különös Tekintettel Johann Matthias Sperger Nagybőgőversenyeire. D.L.A Thesis. Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 2013. Download Page

[ Translated title: The Proliferation of Double Bass Playing in the Early Eighteenth Century, With Special Focus on Johan Matthias Sperger’s Bass Concertos ]

  • Foley, Mark. Critical and Modern Double Bass Performing Editions of a Violone Concerto by J.M. Sperger. D.M. Thesis, Indiana University, 2008. [includes the edition of Sperger’s Bass Concerto no. 11] Record Link

Masters Theses

  • Andjelic-Andzakovic, Darija. The Contrabass Sonatas of Johann Matthias Sperger. M.M. Thesis in Musicology, University of Auckland, 2011.
  • Fletcher, Clive Anthony. The Viennese Double Bass and its Role as a Solo Instrument, 1760-1812. M. Phil. Thesis, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom, 2001. Record Link

[ contains an edition of Sperger’s concerto no. 14 ]
[ cited also under: “Composers” – “Sperger, Johann Matthias” ]

Léandre, Joëlle

  • Arnaud, Baptiste. Joëlle Léandre and Derek Bailey: The Influences, Ideas and Music of Two Free Improvisors. M.M. Thesis, Syracuse University, 2011.
  • Cesare-Bartnicki, T N. Gender-specific Texts in Contemporary Double Bass Compositions: Jacob Druckman’s Valentine and Joëlle Léandre’s Taxi. (B.M. ?) Thesis, Oberlin College, 1999.

Torello, Anton (1884-1960)

  • Threlkeld, Candis. The “Philadelphia Sound”: The Formative Years (1912-1920). B.M. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 1999. Download Page

 [ a biographical sketch of Anton Torello at p. 82. ]

Tibay, Zoltán (1910-1989)

  • Cziglényi, Ákos. Tibay Zoltán (1910-1989) : A Prágai Gordon-Iskola Hatása Munkásságára. Kapcsolata a Kortársakkal, Életművének Továbbélése. D.L.A Thesis. Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 2011. Download Page

[ Translated title: Tibay Zoltán (1910-1989) : The Influence of the Prague Double Bass School on His Work. His Relationship With Contemporaries, The Survival of His Work ]

Zelenka, Jan Dismas (1679-1745)

  • Bušková, Iveta. Odkaz Jana Dismase Zelenky pro Současnost v Regionu Podblanicko. B.M. Ed. Thesis, Universiteta Karlova, Prague, 2009. Download Page

[ Translated: The Heritage of the Jan D. Zelenka in Contemporary Life in Region Podblanicko ]

[ Contains data relevant to Zelenka’s bass activities ]

  • Paličková, Jitka. Sborová A Kantátová Tvorba Jana Dismase Zelenky V Kontextu České Hudební Emigrace První Poloviny 18. Století. M. Ed. Thesis, Universiteta Karlova, Prague, 2011. Download Page

[ Translated: The Choral and Cantata Compositions of Jan Dismas Zelenka in the Contex of Czech Music Emigration in the First Half of the 18th Century ]

[ Contains data relevant to Zelenka’s bass activities ]

Valls, Pedro (1869-1935) [also “Pere”]

  • Schauer, Joseph M. An Historical Perspective on Pere Valls: With a Stylistic and Structural Analysis of Suite Andaluza. D.M. Thesis, Ohio State University, 2008. Download Page

Zimmermann, Frederick (1906-1967)

  • Blumenthal, Jay S. Frederick Zimmermann: Double Bass Performer and Pedagogue. Ph.D. Thesis, New York University, 1983.



Bass Players – National Schools

Czech School

  • Andrš, Rudolf. Česká kontrabasová škola : významní sólisté a pedagogové. B.M. Thesis, Music and Dance Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 2005.
  • Marada, Vojtěch. Pedagogové Kontrabasové Hry na Konzervatoři v Brně. B.M. Thesis, Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2016. Download Page

[ Translated title: Double Bass Players who Taught at the Brno Conservatory ]

  • Pavelka, David. Nejvýznamnější čeští kontrabasisté : pražská kontrabasová škola. M.M. Thesis, Music and Dance Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 2005.
  • Švestka, Marek. Historie Brněnské Kontrabasové Třídy na JAMU od Založení po Současnost. M.M. Thesis, Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2011. Download Page

[ Translated title: History of the Double Bass Class at JAMU in Brno ]

Latvian School

Beitika, Aija. Historie Kontrabasové Třídy na Akademii Jazepa Vitola v Rize. B.M. Thesis. Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2012. Download Page

Polish School

  • Zimnik, Piotr. Polská Kontrabasová Škola. B.M. Thesis, Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2013. Download Page

Spanish School

  • Adams, Yannick. Španělští Kontrabasisté ve Světových Orchestrech. B.M. Thesis, Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2015. Download Page

[ Translated title: Spanish Double Bass Players in International Orchestras ]

Portuguese School

  • Aguiar, Adriano Augusto Martins da Rocha Oliveira. O Contrabaixo Como Instrumento Solista na Segunda Metade Do Século XIX em Lisboa: Perspectiva Histórica e Analítica, Edição Crítica. Ph.D. Thesis, Universidade de Évora, 2015. Download Page

[ Translated: The Double Bass as a Solo Instrument in The Second Half of The Nineteenth Century Lisbon: Historical and Analytical Perspective, Critical Edition. ]



Bass Players – Jazz

Blanton, James

  • Campbell, Jeffrey R. Two Profiles in the Development of Jazz Bass Playing: A Study of Jimmy Blanton and Ron Carter. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Rochester, 2002.
  • Nash, Robert. The Solo Vocabulary of Jazz Bassist Jimmie Blanton. D.M.A Thesis, Louisiana State University, 1999.
  • Taylor, Michael E. James Blanton, Raymond Brown, and Charles Mingus: A Study of the Development of the Double Bass in Modern Jazz. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2001.

Brown, Raymond

  • Taylor, Michael E. James Blanton, Raymond Brown, and Charles Mingus: A Study of the Development of the Double Bass in Modern Jazz. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2001.

Carter, Ron

  • Campbell, Jeffrey R. Two Profiles in the Development of Jazz Bass Playing: A Study of Jimmy Blanton and Ron Carter. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Rochester, 2002.
  • Sturm, Hans M. Jazz Scaling for the Double Bass: Selected Recordings of Ron Carter and Richard Davis. D.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 1995.
  • Yager, William A. W. Transcription and Analysis of Ron Carter’s Basslines from Four Selected Recordings of Autumn Leaves: A Report of a Senior Study. B.M. Thesis, Maryville College, 2010.

Chambers, Paul

  • Faires, Joel B. Solo Vocabulary of the Bebop Bassist: The Recordings of Paul Chambers, 1956-1959. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010.

Davis, Richard

  • Sturm, Hans M. Jazz Scaling for the Double Bass: Selected Recordings of Ron Carter and Richard Davis. D.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 1995.

Gomez, Eddie

  • Holgate, Gary. A Fragmented Parallel Stream: The Bass Lines of Eddie Gomez in the Bill Evans Trio. M.M. Thesis, University of Sydney, 2009. Download Page

Haden, Charlie

  • Hirst, Brett. The Place of the Bass: A Study of Charlie Haden’s Accompaniment of Don Cherry’s Solo on “the Face of the Bass”. M.M. Thesis, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2006.
  • Shadduk, Anthony. Charlie Haden, Scott Lafaro, and Harmolodics: Bass Styles in Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. M.M. Thesis, California State University, Long Beach, 2006.
  • Zwartz, Jonathan. Selected Solos of Charlie Haden: Transcriptions and Analysis. M.Phil. Thesis, Australian National University, 2006.

Holand, Dave

  • Oh, Linda M.-H. New Method of Rhythmic Improvisation for the Jazz Bassist: An Interdisciplinary Study of Dave Holland’s Rhythmic Approach to Bass Improvisation and North Indian Rhythmic Patterns. B.M. Thesis, Edith Cowan University, Australia, 2006. Download Page

Lafaro, Scott

  • Clark, Rowan. An Analysis of the Bass Playing of Scott LaFaro as Part of the Bill Evans Trio, 1959-1961. M.M. Thesis, Massey Univeristy, New Zealand, 2014. Download Page
  • Shadduk, Anthony. Charlie Haden, Scott Lafaro, and Harmolodics: Bass Styles in Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. M.M. Thesis, California State University, Long Beach, 2006.

 

Mitchell, Red

  • Bright, Stephen Thomas. Red Mitchell: Tuning in Fifths and the Walking Bass Line. M.A. Thesis, York University, Toronto, 2013. Download Page

Mingus, Charles

Doctoral Theses

  • Horton, Ernest A. Charles Mingus and the Paradoxical Aspects of Race As Reflected in His Life and Music. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2007.
  • Rustin, Nichole T. Mingus Fingers: Charles Mingus, Black Masculinity, and Postwar Jazz Culture. Ph.D. Thesis, New York University, 1999.
  • Taylor, Michael E. James Blanton, Raymond Brown, and Charles Mingus: A Study of the Development of the Double Bass in Modern Jazz. Ph. D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2001.

Masters Theses

  • Robinson, Jason L. Intersecting Musical Identities. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2000.

Ørsted Pedersen, Niels Henning (1946-2005)

  • Butterfield, Craig. The Improvisational Language of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: A Performance Study. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2008. Download Page
  • Larsson, Emma. Hur Övar Jag?: En Observationsstudie Med Fokus på det Egna Lärandet av ett Solo av Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Independent Thesis Basic Level (sic) (BM?). Karlstad University, 2014. Download Page

[ Translated: How I practice? An Observational Study with Focus on the Learning Process of a Solo by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen]
[cited also in “Jazz” heading]

Patitucci, John (1959)

  • Cavalli, Massimo. Double Bass and Electric Bass: The Case Study of John Patitucci. Ph.D. Thesis, Universidade de Évora, 2016. Download Page

Pettiford, Oscar (1922-1960)

  • Jackson, Stephen. An Analysis of Oscar Pettiford’s Improvisation Styles on the Bass and the Cello. D.M.A Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.

Ray, Carline (1925-2013)

  • Schlicht, Ursula. “It’s gotta be music first”: zur Bedeutung, Rezeption und Arbeitssituation von Jazzmusikerinnen. Ph.D. Thesis, Universität Hamburg, n.d. [2000?]

[Chapter: Carline Ray – der lange Weg zum Kontrabaß]
[issued also as a book, cited also in ABP Books ]

Swallow, Steve

  • Waters, Andrew J. Steve Swallow: Electric Bass Innovator with Analysis of Selected Works. Ph.D. Thesis, New York University, 2003.



Bass Players – Ethnic / Folk Music

Cachao – Israel López

  • Jarvis, Willis M. Israel López “cachao”: The Godfather of Cuban Bass : the History and Development of the Bass in Cuban Popular Music. M.A. Thesis, York University, Toronto, 2011.

Rivera, Eddie “Gua-gua”

  • Tejada, Douglas. Stylistic analysis of two influential salsa bassists : Eddie “Gua-gua” Rivera and Salvador Cuevas : a doctoral essay. D.M.A Thesis, University of Miami, 2004.

Cuevas, Salvador

  • Tejada, Douglas. Stylistic analysis of two influential salsa bassists : Eddie “Gua-gua” Rivera and Salvador Cuevas. D.M.A Thesis, University of Miami, 2004.



Bass in Orchestra

Doctoral Theses

  • Antunes, Alexandre Araujo. Mozart’s Late Symphonies in Double Bass Auditions: A Historical, Technical and Stylistic Investigation of Selected Orchestral Double Bass Parts. [unidentified] Brazil, ?.
  • Buckley, Stephen. Beethoven’s Double Bass Parts: The Viennese Violone and the Problem of Lower Compass. D.M.A. Thesis, Rice University, 2013. Download Page
  • Edgerton, Sara A. The Bass Part in Haydn’s Early Symphonies: A Documentary and Analytical Study. D.M.A. Thesis, Cornell University, 1989.
  • Mann, Adrian Owens, Double Bass Soli in Symphonic and Operatic Literature. D.M.A. Thesis, The Catholic University of America, 1975
  • Ostlund, Sandor Christeson. A Compilation and Study of Twentieth-Century Double Bass Solos from the Orchestral Literature. D.M.A. Thesis, Rice University, 2001. Download Page
  • Scheid, Yvonne W. The Evolution of the Double Bass in the Orchestra. M.M. Thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1991. Record Link
  • Spadaro, John A. The String Bass: Its Expanding Role in the Orchestra. M.S. Thesis, Danbury State College, 1966.

Masters Theses

  • Wimmer, Christoph. Die Kontrabassgruppe der Wiener Philharmoniker im Wandel der Zeit. Master-Arbeit. Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz, 2012. Abstract

Bachelor Theses

  • Raška, Martin. Kontrabasová Orchestrální Sóla. B.M. Thesis. Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno. 2014. Download Page

Other Research Works

  • Ward, Benjamin. A study and comparison of the diverse approaches to the double bass in the major orchestras of Europe and Britain / Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia – Dr Iain Medgett Scholarship for the Study of Classical Strings, Report, Sydney, 2013. Download Link



Bass Technique

Doctoral Theses

  • Hellenkemper, Nicolas. Instrumentalvibrato im 19. Jahrhundert: Technik, Anwendung, Notationsformen ; mit einem Ausblick ins 20. Jahrhundert. Ph.D. Thesis, Universität Münster, 2006.

[Chapter III. Instrumentenentwicklung im 19. Jahrhundert, Kontrabass, p. 55]
[issued also as a book, cited also in ABP Books ]

  • Machado, Marcos P. Francois Rabbath Applied: An Analysis of His Technique for a Successful Performance of Frank Proto’s Music. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.

[cited also under “Bass Players” – “Rabbath, Francois”]

  • Mick, James P. An Analysis of Double Bass Vibrato: Rates, Widths, and Pitches As Influenced by Pitch Height, Fingers Used, and Tempo. Ph.D. Thesis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2012. Download Page
  • Ousley, Larry J. Solo Techniques for Unaccompanied Pizzicato Jazz Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 2007. Download Page

[cited also under “Jazz” heading]

  • Priester, Michael John. Double Bass Intonation: A Systematic Approach to Solo and Ensemble Playing. D.M. Thesis, Indiana University, 2015. Download Page
  • Utter, Jeffery M. The Double Bass as a Solo Voice in Flamenco Music. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015. Download Page

Masters Theses

  • Benteler, Brett. Teaching Select Requisite Fundamental Double Bass Technique. M.A. Thesis, Northeastern Illinois University, 2016.
  • Grauer, Jay R. The Double Bass in Recital: Some Practical Aspects of Solo Technique. M.A. Thesis, American University, Washington, DC, 1961.
  • Isham, Timothy J. A Comparison of Extended Technique Use in Three Works for the Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1996.

[cited also under “Composers”: “Cithara, Paul” and “Rickman, Jacob”]

  • Medeiros, Ricardo A. New Sounds on the Double Bass. M.Phil. Thesis, University of London, 1990.
  • Rosa, Alexandre Silva. Técnicas estendidas na performance e no ensino do contrabaixo acústico no Brasil. M.M Thesis, Sao Paulo, 2012. Download Page

[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

Bachelor Theses

  • Beyer, Hannes. Med Fingrarna på Kontrabasen: En Kvalitativ Studie av Tre Kontrabasisters Syn på Sin Teknik. Independent Thesis Basic Level (sic) (BM?). Karlstad University, 2014. Download Page

[ Translated Title: Fingers on the Double Bass : A Qualitative Study of Three Double Bass Players’ View of Their Technique ]

  • Daino, Eric. The Double Bass: A Technical Study of Timbre. BM in M. Th. Thesis, University of Delaware, 2010. Download Page
  • Russo, Louis Shea. Virtuosi of the European Art Music Tradition and Their Influence on the Development of the Double Bass. B.M. Thesis, Wesleyan University, CT, 2011. Record Link



Bass Technique – Harmonics

Doctoral Theses

  • Denson, Jeff. Melodic and Chordal Applications for Harmonics on the Double Bass: A Study of Techniques, Chords, and Compositions. D.M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2010. Download Page
  • Payton, Leonard R, Contrabass Harmonic Potential: A Study in Acoustics and Composition. Ph.D. Thesis, La Jolla: University of California, San Diego, 1988. Details

[performance & written dissertation ; contains: “Autumn Quiet” music for viola and double bass ; “Third Quiet Music” for 8 double basses ; “Neun Heikele Etüden” for solo double bass.

Masters Theses

  • Woodrich, Dennis L. Multi-nodal Performance Technique for Contrabass Harmonics. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1980.



Bass Tunings

Doctoral Theses

  • Jackson, Bruce R. The G-D-G-C Scordatura Tuning for the Double Bass: A Historical Survey, Theoretical Rationale, Pedagogical Study, and Compositional Demonstration. D.A. Thesis, Ball State University, 1996.
  • Morgan, Cassidy Andrew. Exploring Viennese Tuning and Its Benefits for the Modern Double Bassist. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Maryland, 2016. Download Page

Masters Theses

  • Bright, Stephen Thomas. Red Mitchell: Tuning in Fifths and the Walking Bass Line. M.A. Thesis, York University, Toronto, 2013. Download Page
  • Valenčík, Juraj. Vývoj Kontrabasu a Jeho Ladění. M.M. Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2014. Download Page

[ Translated title: The Evolution of Double Bass and its Tuning ]



Composers

Amato, Salvador (1928-1994)

  • Olivarez, Rodrigo. Habanera, Sonatina, Malambo e Carnavalito de Salvador Amato: aspectos históricos, analíticos e edições de performance. M.M. Thesis, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2015. Download Page

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

  • Mathews, Beatrice S. A Study and Comparison of Beethoven’s Septet and Schubert’s Octet. B.M. Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA. 1959.

Boccherini, Luigi

  • Smith, Alan M. A Performance Edition and Historical Documentation of an Unpublished Cello Sonata in E Flat Major by Luigi Boccherini. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1977.

Bottesini, Giovanni (1821-1889)

Please check under Bass Players heading

Breuncih, Johann Michael (1699-1755)

  • Green, J David. A Concerto for Solo Transverse Flute, Two Violins and Bass by Johann Michael Breunich: An Edition. D.M.A. Thesis, Conservatory of Music. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1981.

Cage, John (1912-1992)

  • Hanhikoski, Oskari. John Cage: Ryoanji : Basistin Sukellus Kivipuutarhaan. B.M. Thesis, Metropolia University, Helsinki, 2013. Download Page

[the thesis presents a perception of a rehearsal process from a point of a double bassist, and also how a double bass part of this piece allows multiple artistic approaches to the composition]

Carter, Elliot

  • Wentworth, Rion. Twenty-first Century Works for the Solo Double Bass by Elliott Carter and Mario Davidovsky: Analyses of Figment Iii and Synchronisms No. 11 and a Brief History of the Development of the Double Bass Since 1960. D.M.A. Thesis, The Juilliard School, 2011.

Chihara, Paul

  • Isham, Timothy J. A Comparison of Extended Technique Use in Three Works for the Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1996.

[Chihara, P. – “Logos” analysis, also cited under “Technique” heading]

Crumb, George

  • Myhr, Brian D. Madrigals, Book I, by George Crumb: An Explanation of the Harmonics and Rhythmic Complexities for the Double Bass Performer. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1978.

Druckman, Jacob

  • Isham, Timothy J. A Comparison of Extended Technique Use in Three Works for the Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1996. [Druckman, J, – “Valentine” analysis, also cited under “Technique” heading]

Dvorak, Antonin (1841-1904)

  • Andreani, Robert P. An Analysis of the Serenade in D Minor, Opus 44, by Antonin Dvorak. B.M. Thesis, Stanford University, 1976.
  • Thornhill, Margaret L. A Parallel Study of Two Wind Serenades: Mozart’s K. 361 and Dvorak’s Opus 44. D.M.A Thesis [term project], Stanford University, 1975.

[cited also under “Composers” – “Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus”]

Gnattali, Radamés (1906-1988)

  • Danjas, Kilder. Danjas Canção e Dansa para Contrabaixo e Piano de Radamés Gnattali: estudo de aspectos técnico-interpretativos. (?), Brazil, 2008. Download Page
  • Rodrigues, Ricardo Pereira. Canção e Dansa para contrabaixo e piano de Radamés Gnattali: aspectos históricos, estudo analítico e edição. (?), Brazil, 2003. Download Page

Górecki, Henryk (1933-2010)

  • Kopplin, David F. Volume I, Aspects of Time in the Music of Henryk Górecki: The Sacred and the Profane ; Volume II, Concerto for Double Bass. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999.

[unclear if the concerto is by Kopplin?]

Grainger, Percy (1882-1962)

  • Tan, Margaret L, Alan Stout. The Free Music of Percy Grainger. D.M.A. Thesis, Juilliard School, 1971.

[contains: “Free music no. 2 for 3 violas and 3 double basses”]

Henrique, Oswald (1852-1931)

  • Oliveira, Fausto Borem de. Henrique Oswald’s Sonata, Op. 21: A Transcription and Edition for Double Bass and Piano. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia, 1993.

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012)

  • Charlillo, John A. Parametric Organization and Analysis of S. Biago 9 Agosto Ore 1207. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1986.

Herrera, Rufo (1933)

  • Santos, Fernando Cesar dos. O Concerto dos Pampas Sul de Ruto Herrera: aspectos históricos, elementos composicionais e analítico-interpretativos no contrabaixo solista. M.M. Thesis, M.M. Thesis, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2005. Download Page

Hindemtih, Paul (1895-1963)

  • Jacobson, Harry P. An Analysis of the Hindemith Sonata for Double Bass and Piano, for Performance Purposes. M.M. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1972.

Hoffmeister, Franz Anton (1754-1812)

  • Jacobson, Harry P. The Edition of a Quartet for Solo Double Bass, Violin, Viola, and Violoncello by Franz Anton Hoffmeister: A Lecture Recital, Together with Selected Works by J.S. Bach, N. Paganini, S. Koussevitsky, F. Skorzeny, L. Walzel and Others. D.M.A. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1982.

[the first edition and performance of the Hoffmeister’s Solo Quartet no.1, based on the manuscript source from  Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna – no. IX 6395]

  • Seeger, Robert L. An Analysis of Franz Anton Hoffmeister’s Konzert No. 1 for Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1984. Record Link

Keyper, Franz (c.1756-1815)

  • Lucas, Flora. Franz Keyper: Concerto No. 1 for Double Bass. M.Phil. Thesis, University of Birmingham. 2016. Record Link

Kohaut, Karl (1726-1784)

  • Franková, Jana. Život a Dílo Josefa Kohouta (1734-1777) Jako Příklad Migrace Hudebníků v Osvícenské Evropě. Ph.D. Thesis, Masaryk University, Brno, 2015. Download Page

[ Translated title: The Life and Works of Joseph Kohaut (1734-1777) as a Contribution to the Study of the Migration of Musicians in Enlightenment Europe ]

Kraft, Anton (1749-1820)

  • Rosenak, Karen C. A Performance Edition of Anton Kraft’s Sonata, Op. 2, No. 2 for Cello with Bass Accompaniment. DMA Thesis, Stanford University, 1977.

[Stanford’s site subject listing cites “Double bass” – it is possible that the work was intended for violoncello and double bass]

Krommer, Franz (1759-1851)

  • Daum, Glen A. An Analysis and Performance Study of Wind Partitas by Francesco Antonio Rosetti and Franz Krommer. D.M.A. Thesis [term project], Stanford University, 1972.

[cited also under “Composers” – “Rosetti, Antonio”]

Kurtág, György

  • Lentsner, Diana. Playing with Circles: A Musico-Poetic Study of György Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel, Op. 19 (1979-1982). Ph.D. Thesis, Ohio State University, 2002. Download Page

[composition Scenes from a Novel, op. 19 for soprano, cimbalom, violin, and double bass]

  • Worthington, Scott. Shadows of Romanticism. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2011. Download Page

[presents György Kurtág’s “Signs, Games, and Messages” along with the works of Sciarrino, Xenakis and himself for double bass]

Leo, Leonardo (1684-1744)

  • Herndon, Judith J. A Concerto in G Major for Solo Transverse Flute, Two Violins, Violas and Bass by Leonardo Leo: an Edition. (volume I: Description and Commentary. Volume Ii: the Edition). D.M.A. Thesis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1978.

Johnston, Ben (1926)

  • McHattie, John Alexander. Selected works for double bass by Ben Johnston with critical commentary. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013. Record Link

Marais, Marin (1656–1728)

  • Swaim, Daniel. A Suite for Double Bass Transcribed from Pièces À Une Et À Deux Violes, by Marin Marais: A Lecture Recital, Together with Three Recitals of Selected Works of J.S. Bach, Karl Ditters Von Dittersdorf, W.A. Mozart, and Others. D.M.A. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1982. Download Page

Maschek, Vinzenz (1755-1831)

  • Mikuláš, Jiří. Vinzenz Maschek (1755-1831) – Život a Dílo. Ph. D. Thesis, Universiteta Karlova, Prague, 2011. Download Page

Mortari, Virgilio (1902-1993)

  • Vianna, Jose Roberto Imperatore. An Overview of Virgilio Mortari’s Music for Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013. Record Link

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)

  • Cross, Alan Elliott. The Eight Concert Arias for Bass and Orchestra of W. A. Mozart. D.M.A Thesis, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1995.

[also cited under “Repertoire Solo & Chamber”]

  • Ethington, Bradley P. Wolfgang Amamdeus [sic] Mozart’s Serenade in B Flat, K.361 (370a) for Twelve Wind Instruments and Contrabass, “gran Partita”: Musical Influences and Performance Considerations. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1995.
  • Robinson, Paul Gene. The Double Bass Scordatura of Mozart’s “Perquesta Bella Mano,” K.612 and its Relationship to Double Bass Performance Practices of Today. D.M.A. Thesis, The Catholic University of America, 1977.
  • Thornhill, Margaret L. A Parallel Study of Two Wind Serenades: Mozart’s K. 361 and Dvorak’s Opus 44. D.M.A Thesis [term project], Stanford University, 1975.

[cited also under “Composers” – “Dvorak, Antonin”]

Obrecht, Eldon

  • Chiarello, F. M. A Study of Selected Compositions by Eldon Obrecht. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1994.

[cited also under “Bass Players” heading]

Parpinelli, Santino (1912-1991)

  • Nascimento, Paulo Andre de Souza. Dança Nordestina de Santino Parpinelli: aspectos históricos analíticos e interpretativos. M.M. Thesis, Escola de Música da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, 2005. Download Page

Persichetti, Vincent

  • Huff, Mark. Vincent Persichetti Parable for Solo Double Bass: Its Place in His Catalogue of Parables and Complete Works. D.M.A Thesis, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 2011. Download Page

Price, John Elwood (1935-1995)

  • Pickett, Jacqueline L. John Elwood Price: A Coalescence of Life, Culture, and Music in His Impulse and Deviation I for Unaccompanied Double Bass. D.M.A Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996.

Prokofiev, Serge

  • Clark, Jason W. Pitch Organization and Form in Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet, Opus 39, First Movement, Moderato. M.M. Thesis, Youngstown State University, 2006.
  • Howell, Chelsea G. Multidisciplinary Performance Issues in Sergei Prokofiev’s Trapèze. D.M.A. Thesis, UCLA, 2007.

[Subject cites Prokofviev’s “Quintet”, which implies a relation to the cited “Trapeze”]

  • Jones, Kathryn E. Prokofiev Beckons the Double Bass Into the Modern Age: a Pedagogical Study of the Op 39 Quintet. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North texas, Denton, 2014. Page Download

[cited also under “Repertoire – Solo & Chamber” heading ]

Proto, Frank

  • Ebinger, John N. The Double Bass Music of Frank Proto. D.M.A. Thesis, Arizona State University, 1994.

[cited also under “Bass Players” heading]

  • Pinca, Massimo. Le rôle de la tradition orale dans la création pour contrebasse inspiré du jazz. M.A. in Concert Performance. Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, 2011.

[features Frank Proto’s Sonata 1963 – discusses genesis and interpretative problems]
[also cited under “Repertoire – Solo & Chamber” heading]

Rautavaara, Einojuhani (1928)

  • Stepien, Wojciech. Signifying Angels : Analyses and Interpretations of Rautavaara s Instrumental Compositions. Ph.D. Thesis (?), University of Helsinki, 2010. Record Link

Romberg, Bernhard (1767-1841)

  • Placzek, Roman. Importance and Pedagogical Value of Three Sonatas for Two Cellos, Op. 43 by Bernhard Romberg. D.M.A. Thesis, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2014. Download Page

[Quotation form p. 5 – “Romberg wrote his Three Sonatas for Two Cellos, Op. 43 originally for two cellos. The work was later arranged for viola, cello, and double bass and also as Three Sonatas for Cello and Piano by German organist and musicologist Friedrich Gustav Jansen (1831-1910). Recently Bote & Bock Berlin Weisbaden published Klaus Stoll’s arrangement of the third Sonata for Cello and Double-bass. “The Roman-Rex Duo” edition of the Opus arranged for cello and double-bass will follow the release of the recording of the Opus.” Thus apparently a version in trio setting with double bass also exist]

Rosetti, Antonio (1750-1792)

  • Daum, Glen A. An Analysis and Performance Study of Wind Partitas by Francesco Antonio Rosetti and Franz Krommer. D.M.A. Thesis [term project], Stanford University, 1972.

[cited also under “Composers” – “Krommer, Franz”]

Rotta, Nino (1911-1979)

  • Ritter, Alexandre. Franco Petracchi and the Divertimento concertante per contrabbasso e orchestra by Nino Rota: a successful collaboration between composer and performer. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia, 2010. Download Link

[cited also under “Bass Players” – “Petracchi, Franco”]

Schoenberg, Arnold

  • Asarnow, Elliot. Arnold Schoenbergś “heimweh” from Pierrot Lunaire: Registral Partitioning of the Harmonic Structure. Ph.D. Thesis, Brandeis University, 1979.

Schulhoff, Erwin (1894-1942)

  • Harman, Maria D. A. Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1962): An Analytical Study and Discussion of Concertino for Flute, Viola, Double Bass, Wv 75, and Sonata for Flute and Pianoforte, Wv 86. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2011. Download Page

Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)

  • Boots, Frederic W. A Detailed Analysis of Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major, Op. 166. M.M. Thesis, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1949. Download Page
  • Lai, Chi-Ju J. Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803, Op. 166: A Theoretical Analysis, Historical Perspectives and Performance Considerations. D.M.A. Thesis, Boston University, 2007.
  • Steffens, Lea F. Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D 803 from a Clarinetist’s Perspective: A Study in Performance Practice. D.M.A. Thesis, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999.

[Schubert’s Octet features double bass, therefore some useful information on this piece can be gathered even from a “clarinetist’s perspective”]

  • Mathews, Beatrice S. A Study and Comparison of Beethoven’s Septet and Schubert’s Octet. B.M. Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA. 1959.

Siqueira, José de Lima (1907-1985)

  • Andrade, Danilo Cardoso de. Concertino para Contrabaixo e Orquestra de Câmara de José Siqueira: um Processo de Edição, Análise e Redução para Piano e Contrabaixo. M.M. Thesis, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 2011. Library RecordDownload Links: 1234

[Translated: Concertino for Bass and Chamber Orchestra by José Siqueira: a Process of Editing, Analysis and Reduction for Piano and Bass]
[cited also under Theses – Contemporary Compositions – Solo]

Stravinsky, Igor

  • Strong, Lynn A. The Role of the Double Bass in the Works of Igor Stravinsky. Ph.D. Thesis, University of South Carolina, 1991. Record Link

Vanhal, Johann Baptist

  • Pavelka, David. Jan Křtitel Vaňhal : život, dílo a rozbor koncertu. B.M. Thesis, Music and Dance Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 2003.
  • Villanueva, Luis R. Muñoz. Vanhal’s Bass concerto and the Viennese school of bass playing – historical and contextual notes. B.A. in Music Thesis, Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne (HEM), 2009. Download Page

[cited also under “Bass History – Classical Period”]

Widmer, Ernst

  • Silva, Luciano C. L. Ernst Widmer’s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, Opus 147: Analysis, Performance Edition and Chamber Transcription. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1998.

Wilder, Alec (1907-1980)

  • Miller, Aaron N. Alec Wilder’s Works for Double Bass: Historical, Musical, and Technical Perspectives.   D.M.A. Thesis, Northwestern University, 2016. Record Link

Wolpe, Stefan (1902-1972)

  • Kohn, Andrew D. The Development of Stefan Wolpe’s Compositional Style, 1948-1963 and the Role of Other Arts: With “never Any Jam Today” (original Composition). Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 1995.

[featured: Quintet for flute, clarinet, violoncello, double bass and piano]



Instruments – History – National Schools

  • McNalley, Donald Joseph. Contrabass and Violins. M.A. Thesis, University Of California, San Diego, 2013. Record LinkDownload Page

[ This thesis covers the recital compositions and along the subject of  the “Yankee Church Bass” p. 12-36, which belongs to the subject of American bass instruments ]

  • Vokoun, Jan. Kontrabasové Dílny v Českých Zemích. M.M Thesis. Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 2015. Record Link

[ Translated: The Bohemian Manufactures Of Double Basses ]

  • Wasserman, Garry. String Bass Lutherie in North America: A Compendium of Makers and Examples, 1788-1970. D.M.A. Thesis, Ohio State University, 2012. Download Page



Instruments – Bows

  • Hee-Min, Chae. Der Kontrabaß-Bogen. B.M. Thesis, Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, 2002. Record Link
  • Hogan, Shelley C. Early German and Northern Italian Bow Traditions of Large String Basses: A Study of Primary Source Evidence Before 1670. M.M. Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2006.
  • Tolo, Leland S. The Double Bass Bow. M.M. Thesis, University of Louisville, 1966.
  • Vašinka, Petr. Kontrabasové Smyčce. M.M. Thesis. Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, 2015. Download Page



Instruments – Electric Bass

  • Ottesen, Per Harald. Bass: How Low Can Uou Go? En Studie i Bruk av Elektroniske Lydeffekter på Bassgitar. M.M. Thesis, University of Agder, Norway, 2015. – Download Page

[Translated: A Study in the Use of Electronic Sound Effects for Bass Guitar]



Jazz

Doctoral Theses

  • Boll, Barbara. Der Kontrabass im Avantgardejazz der frühen Sechzigerjare. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Vienna, 1986.
  • Campbell, Jeffrey R. Two Profiles in the Development of Jazz Bass Playing: A Study of Jimmy Blanton and Ron Carter. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Rochester, 2002.
  • Curtright, Toby. An Overview and Guide to Developing Walking Bass Lines in a Jazz Context. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
  • Geib, Michael Thomas. Teaching improvisation to orchestral double bass players: Significance and methodology. D.M.A. Thesis (?), The Florida State University, 2013. Download Page

[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Montgomery, Michael R. Studies in Jazz Style for the Double Bassist: Twelve Original Etudes Derived from Twenty-Two Transcribed Solos. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 1984.
  • Pace, William Walker. Jazz Saxophone and Trumpet Improvisations Transcribed and Annotated for Double Bass: A Doctoral Essay. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 2003.
  • Ousley, Larry J. Solo Techniques for Unaccompanied Pizzicato Jazz Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 2007.

[cited also under “Technique” heading]

  • Saunders, Geoffrey Richard. The Art of the Bow – Towards Developing a Pedagogy for Arco Jazz Bass. D.M.A Thesis, University of Miami, 2017.
  • Schroeder, Dave. The evolving role of the electric bass in jazz: History and pedagogy. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 2011. Download Page

[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Sturm, Hans M. Jazz Scaling for the Double Bass: Selected Recordings of Ron Carter and Richard Davis. D.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 1995. [cited also under “Bass players” – “Carter, Ron” and “Davis Richard”]
  • Taylor, Michael E. James Blanton, Raymond Brown, and Charles Mingus: A Study of the Development of the Double Bass in Modern Jazz. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2001. [cited also by the names of individual bassists under “Bass Players – Jazz” heading]
  • Wilner, Donald L. Interactive Jazz Improvisation in the Bill Evans Trio (1959-61): A Stylistic Study for Advanced Double Bass Performance : a Doctoral Essay. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 1995.

Masters Theses

  • Bastos, Maria Clara. Processos de Composição e Expressão na Obra de Itamar Assumpção. M.M. Thesis. Universidade de São Paulo, 2012. Download Page

[Chapter 2.5 describes Double Bass use, p. 110-111]

  • Clarke, Brendan. An Investigation of the Background, Influences and Performance Practices of Five Sydney based Jazz Double Bassists. M.M. Thesis, University of Sydney, 2014. Download Page
  • Damschroder, Norman L. A Comparison and Analysis of Bass Solos Performed on the Blues Progression. M.M. Thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1997.
  • Hill, Gareth. An Application of the Musical Style of Jazz Saxaphone to the Double Bass. M. Phil. M. Thesis, Australian National University, 2008. Download Page
  • Hopkins, Tim. The Bass-Less Trio. M.M.A. Thesis, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, 2012. Download Page
  • Karnebäck, Josef. Momentum. To Challenge Bass’ Role in an Ensemble. M.M. Thesis, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, 2015. Download Page
  • Lugg, Fiona. Harmonic Signification: A Study of Articulation Practices in Four Unaccompanied Jazz Double Bass Solos. M.M Thesis, Sydney Conservatorium, 2004.
  • Ramo, Audun. Fysiske og Tekniske Utfordringer Knyttet til Bruk av Elektroniske Effekter med Kontrabass. M.M. Thesis, University of Agder, Norway, 2010. – Download Page

[Translated: Physical and Technical Challenges Associated With the Use of Electronic Effects on Bass]
[cited also under “Acoustics” heading]

  • Reithaug, Audun. Hva er Jazzbassundervisning? : En Diskursanalyse av Undervisningspraksiser på Jazzbass i Høyere Musikkutdanning. M.M. Thesis, Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo, Norway, 2011. Download Page

[Translated: What is Jazz Bass Teaching? : A Discourse Analysis of Teaching Practices on Jazz Bass in Higher Music Education]
[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Sanchez, Kai. The Double Bass as a Supportive and Melodic Instrument in a Jazz Piano Trio: Extended Program Notes for Thesis Recital. M.M Thesis, Florida International University, Miami, 2012. Download Page
  • Scott, Craig Blakefield. A Folio of Transcription of Famous Bassists’ Solos and Analyses Thereof. M.M. Thesis, Canberra School of Music, Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, 1994. Abstract

[solos by Paul Chambers, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Buster Williams, Scott LaFaro, and Jimmy Blanton]

  • Shadduk, Anthony. Charlie Haden, Scott Lafaro, and Harmolodics: Bass Styles in Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. M.M. Thesis, California State University, Long Beach, 2006.
  • Torp, Kristian Olav. Spilleteknikk for El-Bass : En Studie av Spilletekniske Løsninger på Polyrytmiske Ostinat. M.M. Thesis, University of Agder, 2010. Download Page

[Translated: Perfomance Technique for Electric Bass: A Study of Technical Performance Solutions on Polyrhythmic Ostinato]
[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Trapchak, Sam S. Towards a Model of Jazz Bass Accompaniment on Standards Adapted to Uneven Meters: the Foundational Approaches of Larry Grenadier, Scott Colley and Johannes Weidenmueller. M.M. Thesis, The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2009.
  • Waples, Benjamin R. The Review of Resources Pertaining to Arco Techniques for the Double Bass and Their Application to Jazz Improvisation in the Swing Style. M.M. Thesis, University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatory, 2011.

Bachelors Theses

  • Abbey, Nicholas L. Aspects of Rhythm in the Music and Improvisation in Six Pieces by Bassist Avishai Cohen. B.M. Thesis, Edith Cowan University, Australia, 2011. Download Page
  • Larsson, Emma. Hur Övar Jag?: En Observationsstudie Med Fokus på det Egna Lärandet av ett Solo av Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Independent Thesis Basic Level (sic) (BM?). Karlstad University, 2014. Download Page

[ Translated: How do I practice? An Observational Study with Focus on the Learning Process of a Solo by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen]
[cited also in “Bass Players – Jazz” under “Ørsted Pedersen, Niels Henning”]

  • Neef, Ashley de. Explorations in Double-Stops: Three New Pieces for Explanding the Role of the Double Bass in the Jazz Ensemble. B.M. Thesis, Edith Cowan University, Australia, 2014.  Download Page
  • Pass, Kate. A Transcultural Journey : Integrating Elements of Persian Classical Music With Jazz. B.M. Thesis, Edith Cowan University, Australia, 2013. Download Page



Organology

Construction

  • Abbas, Esmat. Klangliche Eigenschaften Des Kontrabasses: Spektralanalytische Und Historische Untersuchungen Zum Bau Und Zum Klang. Doctoral Thesis, Universität zu Köln, 1989.

[cited also under “Acoustics” heading]

  • Bynum, Joseph W. The Doublebass: A Short History and Concepts of Construction. M.A. Thesis, Central Washington State College, 1974. Record Link
  • Špaček, Jan. Vývoj Stavby Kontrabasu. B.M. Thesis, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 2014. Record Link

[ Translated: Evolution of the Structure of the Double Bass ]

  • Wright, James Lee. The Structural Evolution of the Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, Univeristy of Cincinnati, 1959. Record Link

Electric Upright Bass

  • Casselman, Gregg. An Electric Upright Bass. M.E.Des. Thesis, University of Calgary, Canada, 1999.

Electric Bass

  • Pollacchi, Leonard E. The Fretless Electric Bass: A Study of New Concepts in Bass Playing. M.A. Thesis, California State University, 1971.

[a work profiled to have many classifications –cited also in “Pedagogy” since the LC classifies it as “Double Bass – Instruction and Study”]

  • Wright, Brian F. The View from the Bottom: Cultural Explorations of the Electric Bass. M.A. Thesis, University of Nevada, Reno, 2013.

Octobass

  • Siddiq, Sascha. Der Oktobass von J.-B. Vuillaume. Ph. Magister Thesis, University of Vienna, Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, 2010. Download Page

Three String Bass

  • Pershounin, Alexander. The Three-String Solo Double Bass: Origins, Advantages, and Decline. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Southern Mississippi, 2002.



Pedagogy

Doctoral Theses

  • Allen, Gene Thomas. Intermediate Studies for the Double Bass Player. D.A. Thesis, Ball State University, 1981.
  • André, David E. Contemporary Concepts of Stringing Up the Double Bass: Jacques Ibert’s Angélique: the Seattle Production, 1964. Emmanuel Chabrier’s Cinq-Morceaux, Orchestrated. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, 1967.
  • Chou, Yun-Chieh. When the Mouse Meets the Elephant: A Manual for String Bass Players with Application of the Philosophy and Principles of the F. M. Alexander Technique. D.M.A Thesis, Louisiana State University, Batton Rouge, 2013. Download Page

[cited also under “Physiology” heading]

  • Erhard, Paul. An Analytics of Intonation for the Double Bass. D.M.A Thesis, Juilliard School, 1990.
  • Farrar, Carol Reglin. Seven String Instrument Treatises of Michel Corrette: Translation with Commentary. Ph.D. Thesis, North Texas State University, 1978.
  • Geib, Michael Thomas. Teaching Improvisation to Orchestral Double Bass Players: Significance and Methodology. D.M. Thesis, The Florida State University, 2013. Download Page

[cited also under “Jazz” heading]

  • Heather M. Lardin. Michel Corrette’s Methodes Pour Apprendre Á Jouer De La Contre-Basse Á 3. Á 4. Et Á 5. Cordes, De La Quinte Ou Alto Et De La Viole D’orphée: A New Translation with Commentary. D.M.A. Thesis, Cornell University, 2006.
  • Hilgenstieler, Eric. The Application of Contemporary Double Bass Left Hand Techniques Applied in the Orchestra Repertoire. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014. Download Page
  • Leavitt, Tod. The Status of Contrabass Instruction at Selected Colleges and Universities in the United States of America. D.M.A Thesis, Ohio State University, 1997. Download Page
  • Morton, Mark A. Double Bass Technique: Concepts and Ideas. D.M.A Thesis, Juilliard School, 1989.
  • Moss, Kirk D. Favored Sound Production Exercises of Selected Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass Pedagogues: An Analysis and Adaptation. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2006. Download Page
  • Unzicker, Jack A. Orchestral Etudes: Repertoire Specific Exercises for Double Bass. D.M.A Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2011. Download Page
  • Valk, Alexis D. Contemporary Études for the Double Bass. D.A. Thesis, Ball State University, 1979.

Pedagogy – Electric Bass

  • Schroeder, Dave. The evolving role of the electric bass in jazz: History and pedagogy. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 2011. Download Link

[cited also under “Jazz” heading]

Masters Theses

  • Albuquerque, Vítor Manuel Ferreira da Silva. Um Percurso Profissional. M. Mus. Ed. Thesis, Universidade do Minho, Braga, 2013. Download Page

[Translated: A Professional Career – describing 17 years of teaching experience in Public School System]

  • Barnard, Floyd P. Modern Method for the Double Bass: A Practical Instructor for Intermediate Students (through Fifth Position). M.S. Thesis, University of Idaho, 1942.
  • Brown, Noel G. An Evaluation of Beginning Double Bass Methods to Establish Criteria of What Should Be Taught During the First Year of Study. M.A. Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1969.
  • Chusmir, Marsha L. An Annotated Bibliography and Review of Current Heterogeneous String Method Books. M.M. Thesis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1973.
  • Clutton, Robert J. Composing for Double Bass: Intrinsic Particularities. M.A. Thesis, York University, Toronto, 2008 [also cited under “Theses – Contemporary Compositions – Solo” heading]
  • Duarte, João Diogo Neto de Almeida Santos. Posturas Ensinadas em Portugal no Início da Aprendizagem de Contrabaixo: Relatório de Estágio. M. Mus. Ed. Thesis, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, 2013. Download Page

[Translated: Postures Taught in Portugal at the Beginning of Bass Instruction: A Training Report]

  • Fox, Duncan Spencer. Teacher Placement Report: Investigation: Action Research Project Investigating Methods for Promoting Creativity in Double Bass Students Attending a Portuguese Music School. M.M. Thesis, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, 2013. Download Page
  • Giller, Alexandra Patricia. Experts and Excerpts: the Application of Giovanni Bottesini’s Complete Method for the Contre-Basse to the Preparation of Orchestral Excerpts Taken From the Works of Giuseppe Verdi. M.A. Thesis, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2015. Download Page

[cited also under “Bass Players” – “Bottesini” and “Repertoire – Orchestra” headings]

  • Gonçalves, Cristiana de Sousa. O Aquecimento Direcionado Como Ferramenta Pedagógica No Ensino Do Contrabaixo. M. Mus. Ed. Thesis, Universidade do Minho, 2014. Download Page

[Translated: The Directional Warm-Up as a Pedagogical Tool an the Teaching of the Double Bass]

  • Goodwin, Adam N. Informed Tuning Practice: A Practical Approach for Contrabassists. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2012. Download Page
  • Gordon, Edwin. A Progressive Method of String Bass Playing. M.Ed. Thesis, Ohio University, (Athens), 1955.
  • Hanák, Martin. Česká kontrabasová metodika v evropském a světovém kontextu. Master Thesis, Masaryk University, Brno, 2008.
  • Hill, Jeffrey M. The Beginning Double Bassist. M.M. Thesis, Kent State University, 1982.
  • Horvath, Kathleen A. Revised Double Bass Pedagogy for a Heterogeneous String Class Method Book. M.A. Thesis, Ohio State University, 1992. Download Page
  • Isotalo, Pirkka-Petteri. Kontrabasso Rytmimusiikissa : Kehitys- ja Tutkimustyö Kontrabasson Soitosta Sekä Opetuksesta Rytmimusiikissa. Metropolia University, Helsinki, 2014. Download Page

[Translated: Double Bass Rhythm of Music: Development and Research of Double Bass Playing and Teaching the Rhythm of Music]

  • Lago, Mauricio da Silva. Aspectos Biomecânicos Posturais E Estratégias Em Otimização De Performance Para Contrabaixistas. M.M. Thesis, Univeristy of São Paulo, 2010. Download Page

[cited also under “Physiology]

  • Lewis, Royce W. An Analytical Survey of Available Domestically Published String Bass Instruction Literature with an Original Handbook for Teaching String Bass. M.M. Thesis, Northwestern University, 1957.
  • Lipski, Mark. The Use of Method Books by Expert Double Bass Teachers in Sydney. M.M. Thesis, University of Sydney, 2012. Abstract
  • Pinca, Massimo. L’application de la Méthode Feldenkrais à l’enseignement de la Contrebasse. M.A. in Music Pedagogy. Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, 2013.

[also cited under “Physiology”]

  • Reithaug, Audun. Hva er Jazzbassundervisning? : En Diskursanalyse av Undervisningspraksiser på Jazzbass i Høyere Musikkutdanning. M.M. Thesis, Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo, Norway, 2011. Download Page

[Translated: What is Jazz Bass Teaching? : A Discourse Analysis of Teaching Practices on Jazz Bass in Higher Music Education]
[cited also under “Jazz” heading]

  • Rosa, Alexandre Silva. Técnicas Estendidas na Performance e no Ensino do Contrabaixo acústico no Brasil. M.M Thesis, Sao Paulo, 2012. Download Link

[cited also under “Bass Technique” heading]

  • Schweigert, Reinhold A. String Bass Teaching Methods: Analysis and Classification of Ten Representative Works. M.A. Thesis, California State University, Sacramento, 1958. Download Page
  • Silva, Federico. New Vistas in the Development of Left Hand Technique for the Double Bass. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1972.
  • Stanton, David H. The Double Bass: A Compendium. M.M.Ed. Thesis, Oberlin College, 1959. [cited also under “Repertoire” heading]
  • Townsend, Sidney A. A Course of Study for the Double Bass. M.A. Thesis, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1974. Download Page

Electric Bass

  • Pollacchi, Leonard E. The Fretless Electric Bass: A Study of New Concepts in Bass Playing. M.A. Thesis, California State University, 1971.
  • Torp, Kristian Olav. Spilleteknikk for El-Bass : En Studie av Spilletekniske Løsninger på Polyrytmiske Ostinat. M.M. Thesis, University of Agder, 2010. Download Page

[Translated: Perfomance Technique for Electric Bass: A Study of Technical Performance Solutions on Polyrhythmic Ostinato]
[cited also under “Jazz” heading]

  • Johansen, Astrid Rennemo. Bass ut av Boksen : En Studie Omkring Elbassen i en Multifunksjonell Rolle. University of Agder, 2011. Download Page

[Translated: Bass Out of the Box: A Study About Eectric Bass in a Multifunctional Role]

Bachelors Theses

  • Dwyer, Rachael M. An Overview of Contemporary Double Bass Pedagogy: An Aid for Teachers of Double Bass Who Are Not Double Bassists. B.M. Thesis, Griffith University, Australia, 2000.
  • Hoppari, Fanni. Yliliikkuvuuden Haasteet Ja Mahdollisuudet: Sormien Yliliikku-Vien Nivelien Huomioonottaminen Kontrabassonsoiton Perus-Opetuksessa. B.M Thesis, Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, 2011. Download Page

[Translated: Challenges and Opportunities of Hypermobility of Joints in the Basic Education of the Double Bass.]
[cited also under “Physiology” heading]

  • Kopp, Karin. Undervisa i Grupp: En Observationsstudie om Hur Kontrabaslärare Designar Sina Lektioner i Gruppundervisning. Independent Thesis Basic Level (sic) (BM?). Karlstad University, 2015.  Download Page

[Translated Title: Teaching Groups : A Qualitative Study of How Double Bass Teachers Design Their Lessons]

  • Watt, Jeremy L. A Study of Perpetuating Prejudice between the ‘French’ and ‘German’ Styles of Bowing in Double Bass Sections. B.M. Thesis, Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium, 1999.
  • Serdarević, Duje. Metodička Analiza Pojedinih Škola za Kontrabas. B.M. Thesis, Muzička Akademija, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, 2016. Record Link



Pedagogy – Auditions

  • Rose, Christopher Steven. An Orchestra Audition Handbook for Bass Players. D.M.A. Thesis, State University of Arizona, Phoenix, 2011. Download Page

[A dissertation link also features the audio files of the orchestra excerpts played by the author]



Pedagogy – Technology

  • Lindsay, Jason M. A Description of the Use of the Video Camera As a Teaching and Learning Tool for Double Bass Teachers and Students: A Doctoral Essay. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 1995.
  • Rees, Fred J. An Exploratory Study into the Development and Evaluation of a Self-Instructional Supplemental Videotape Program for the Beginning Double Bass Player. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Southern California, 1976.



Physiology

  • Chou, Yun-Chieh. When the Mouse Meets the Elephant: A Manual for String Bass Players with Application of the Philosophy and Principles of the F. M. Alexander Technique. D.M.A Thesis, Louisiana State University, Batton Rouge, 2013. Download Page

[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Dennis, Allan Walter. The Effect of Three Different Methods of Supporting the Double Bass on Muscle Tension. D.M.Ed. Thesis, Indiana University, 1981.
  • Hoppari, Fanni. Yliliikkuvuuden Haasteet Ja Mahdollisuudet: Sormien Yliliikku-Vien Nivelien Huomioonottaminen Kontrabassonsoiton Perus-Opetuksessa. B.M Thesis, Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu, Helsinki, 2011. Download Page

[Translated: Challenges and Opportunities of Hypermobility of Joints in the Basic Education of the Double Bass.]
[cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Horvath, Kathleen A. Biomechanical Analysis of Double Bassists’ Performance Postures. Ph.D. Thesis, Ohio State University, 1994.
  • Lago, Mauricio da Silva. Aspectos Biomecânicos Posturais E Estratégias Em Otimização De Performance Para Contrabaixistas. M.M. Thesis, University of São Paulo, 2010. Download Page

[cited also under “Pedagogy]

  • Meidell, Katrin. Epidemiological Evaluation of Pain Among String Instrumentalists. D.M.A Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2011. Download Page

[relevant to all string players, yet features a specific problem encountered by bassists too, p. 42]

  • Pettit, Evan C. The Double Bassist’s Companion to Better Playing Health. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Oklahoma, 2012.
  • Pinca, Massimo. L’application de la Méthode Feldenkrais à l’enseignement de la contrebasse. M.A. in Music Pedagogy. Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, 2013.

[also cited under “Pedagogy” heading]

  • Salatino, Anthony J. Certain Physical Problems Involved in Playing the Double Bass. Ed.D. Thesis, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1963.



Repertoire – Solo & Chamber

Doctoral Theses

  • Albright, Philip H. Original Solo Concertos for the Double Bass. Rochester, N.Y: University of Rochester Press, D.M.A. Thesis, University of Rochester, 1969. Download Page
  • Ballew, Cranford B. An Annotated Guide to Electroacoustic Solo Double Bass Repertoire: Published Scores to 2005. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia, 2007. Download Page
  • Buddo, Joseph C. A Comprehensive Performance Project in Double Bass Literature and Pedagogical Analyses of Selected Intermediate Level Solo Works for the Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1992.

[cited also under “Compositions”]

  • Chen, Han-Jui. Compositional and Performing Strategies in Double Bass Solo and Chamber Music of Yao-Chen, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, Chia-Yu Hsu and Yuan-Chen. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013.
  • Cho, Han H. Double Bass: Transcribed and Contemporary Repertoire. D.M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2010. Download Page
  • Cross, Alan Elliott. The Eight Concert Arias for Bass and Orchestra of W. A. Mozart. D.M.A Thesis, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1995.

[also cited under “Composers”]

  • Dannessa, Karen L. An Annotated Bibliography of Trios for Clarinet, One String Instrument, and Piano, Composed between 1978 and 1990 by Composers Active in the United States. D.M. Thesis, Florida State University, 1994.
  • Jones, Kathryn E. Prokofiev Beckons the Double Bass Into the Modern Age: a Pedagogical Study of the Op 39 Quintet. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North texas, Denton, 2014. Page Download

[cited also under Prokofiev in “Composers” heading ]

  • Kelley, Maurice E. Performance Practice Issues in the Short Solo Works of Serge Koussevitzky. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006. Download Page
  • Lazarov, Tsvetomir Angelov. Проблеми на Контрабасовото Изпълнителско Изкуство в Някои Произведения от Соловата и Оркестровата Литература на XX Век. D.M.A. Thesis, Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music, Sofia, 2004. Record Link

[Translated: Problems in Double Bass Performance Art in Some Works of Solo and Orchestral Literature of the 20th Century]

  • Moga, Liviu. Contrabasul, Instrument Redescoperit în Muzica Secolului al XX-lea : Noile Trăsături Caracteristice în Muzica Modernă şi de Jazz. Doctorat Profesional Thesis. Academia de Muzică “Gheorghe Dima”, Cluj-Napoca, 2006.

[Translated: Double Bass, a Musical Instrument Rediscovered in the Twentieth Century ; New Traits Characteristics of Modern and Jazz Music]

  • Neubert, Bernard D. Contemporary Unaccompanied Double Bass Works: An Analysis of Style, Performance Techniques and Notational Practices. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1982.
  • Pickett, Angela. A Case for the Bass in Chamber Music. D.M.A. Thesis, Manhattan School of Music, 2013.
  • Politis, Evgenios. Τα ανέκδοτα έργα των Ελλήνων συνθετών για κοντραμπάσο και πιάνο στην Ελλάδα του 20ου αιώνα. Ph.D. Thesis (?), Ionian University, 2013. – Thesis Record Online View

[Translated: The Greek Composers’ Unpublished Works for Double Bass and Piano in the 20th Century Greece ]
[Thesis degree not cited, assumed a Ph.D given the exceptional quality and extent of the research presented]

  • Raschen, Gudrun. Chamber Music with Double Bass: A New Approach to Function and Pedagogy. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2009. Download Page
  • Ray, Sonia. Brazilian Classical Music for the Double Bass: An Overview of the Instrument, the Major Popular Music Influences Within Its Repertoire and a Thematic Catalogue. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1998.
  • Saunders, Ian S. Representative Works from the Italian, French, and American Schools of Double Bass Playing, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016.
  • Smărăndescu, Săndel. Creaţia Pentru Contrabas în Muzica Românească din Secolul XX Până Astăzi. Doctor în Muzică Thesis. Universitatea Naţională de Muzică, Bucarest, 2012.

[Translated: Oeuvre of Compositions for Double Bass in Romanian Music From the Onset of Twentieth Century Until Today]

  • Sztankov, Ivan. A 20.- 21. Századi Magyar Nagybigi Irodalom Kodály Zoltántól Napjainkig. Ph.D. Thesis, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, 2012. Download Page

[Translated: Hungarian Double Bass Literature of the 20th and 21st Century from Zoltán Kodály to Present]

  • Thomasz, Ştefan. Transcriere şi Adaptare Pentru Contrabas în Creaţia lui J. S. Bach. Doctor în Muzică Thesis. Universitatea Naţională de Muzică, Bucarest, 2007.

[Translated: Transcriptions and Arrangements for Double Bass from J. S. Bach’s Opus]
[cited also under “Composers” – “Bach, Johann Sebastian”]

  • Zayas, Nestor E. The Most Significant Concertos for Double Bass Written Since 1970: Reviews and Performance Approaches. D.M. Dissertation, Florida State University, 2010. Download Page
  • Wagner, Julie C. A Survey of Compositions for Bass by Bassists. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011. Download Page

[pdf. contains only the recital programs?]

Masters Thesis

 

  • Alvaré, Andrew L. Septets, Octets, Nonets: Romantic Chamber Music in its Cultural Contexts. M.M. Thesis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2007. Download Page
  • Cowart, Steed D. Three Original Compositions and Three Papers: On Aspects of Works by Berio, Maderna, and Mozart. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1982.

[related to bass field: “Octet with bass” however, composer not identifiable from the record]

  • Gibson, Rodney Raymond. Literature for the Double Bass. M.M. Thesis, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1959.
  • Krueger, Jennifer E. Resource Anthology of Music by Women. M.A. Thesis, Houghton College, 2006.

[one of the featured compositions is a quintet with the double bass – unable to determine which one from the record]

  • Hays, Kenneth W. Concert Music for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra. M.M. Thesis, University of Miami, 1981.
  • Houdek, Joseph J. A Catalogue of Literature for the Contrabass. M.M Thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1947. (1948?)
  • Kline, Matthew. New Compositions for the Double Bass. M.A. Thesis, UC San Diego, 2015. – Download Page

[an analysis of contemporary compositions by Fernanda Navarro, Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Kenneth Gaburo, Krzysztof Penderecki and John Dorhauer]

  • Lučanko, Oleg Myhajlovyč (Лучанко, Олег Михайлович) Žanr Kontrabasovogo Koncertu v Muzyčno-istoryčnomu Procesi. [M.M. Thesis ?] Lvìvska Nacìonalna Muzična Akademìâ, Lviv, Ukraine, 2008.

[ translated: The Genre of Double Bass Concerto in a Musical-Historical Process ]

  • Miller, David L. The Performance of Selected Literature for Double Bass. M.F.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1977. [“Literature for Double Bass” not cited]
  • Pinca, Massimo. Le rôle de la tradition orale dans la création pour contrebasse inspiré du jazz. M.A. in Concert Performance. Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, 2011.

[also cited under “Composers” – “Proto, Frank” heading]

  • Reinecke, Wayne W. An Historical Study and Comparative Analysis of the Beethoven Septet and the Schubert Octet. M.A. Thesis, Long Beach State College, 1964.
  • Seymour, David R. The History and Literature of the Double Bass Before 1900. M.S. Thesis, Illinois State University, 1966.
  • Stanton, David H. The Double Bass: A Compendium. M.M.Ed. Thesis, Oberlin College, 1959. [cited also under “Pedagogy” heading]
  • Worthington, Scott. Shadows of Romanticism. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2011. Download Page

[presents György Kurtág’s “Signs, Games, and Messages” along with the works of Sciarrino, Xenakis and himself for double bass]

Bachelors Theses

  • Birkinsaw, Scott B. Solos for Double-Bass. B.M. Thesis, University of Utah, 1964.
  • Hehenberger, Erich Andreas. Der Malaric-Nachlaß in der Hochschulbibliothek Mozarteum in Salzburg. Diploma Thesis, Hochshule für Musik und dartestellende Kunst “Mozarteum“, Salzburg, 1994.
  • Jacobs, Katrina. Finding the Double Bass in American Chamber Music, 1890-1925. “Honors Music” Thesis, University of South Dakota, 2005.
  • Mathews, Beatrice S. A Study and Comparison of Beethoven’s Septet and Schubert’s Octet. B.M. Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA. 1959.
  • Nickerson, Thomas. Thematic Catalogue for Upright Bass Concerti. B.M. Thesis, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2013. Download Page
  • Wimmer, Christoph. Der Kontrabass als Soloinstrument, Die solistische Blütezeit des Instruments in Wien zwischen 1760 und 1800. Hochschulschrift. Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz, 2007.



Repertoire – Orchestra

  • Barket, James C. “The Speaker of the Orchestra”: An Analytical Study of the Bass Line in the Fourth Movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1993.
  • Giller, Alexandra Patricia. Experts and Excerpts: the Application of Giovanni Bottesini’s Complete Method for the Contre-Basse to the Preparation of Orchestral Excerpts Taken From the Works of Giuseppe Verdi. M.A. Thesis, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2015. Download Page

[cited also under “Bass Players” – “Bottesini” and “Pedagogy” headings]



Theses – Arrangements / Transcriptions

  • Acerb, Sergio. An Arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Cycle of Song “die Schöne Müllerin” for Double Bass and Piano. D.M.A. Thesis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2008. Download Page
  • Changchien, Wen-Ting. Playing Shostakovich’s Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40, for Cello and Piano on the Double Bass: An Edition and Performance Commentary. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Cincinnati, 2004.
  • Chao, Min-Tzu. Interpretation and Expressive Imagery in the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto on Double Bass: Transcribed by Yung-Chiao Wei. D.M.A. Thesis, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2011. Download Page
  • Cory, Matthew Dorn. Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder”: “Nineteenth Century Vienna Meets Seattle” A Modern Arrangement For The Double Bass. Ph.D. (?) Thesis, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012. Download Page
  • Ford, Ryan K. Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita in A minor for Solo Flute, BWV 1013 : An Analysis and Transcription for the Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, Hartt School, University of Hartford, 2013.
  • Galombeck, Robert B. The Kol Nidre, Its History and Musical Development. M.A. Thesis, Ball State University, 1977.
  • Hare, Matthew J. Essay on a Transcription and Performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto, K.495, for Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 2003.
  • Hildreth, Thomas Patrick. Two Mozart Violin Sonatas Transcribed for the Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia, 2012. Download Page
  • Kirk, Richard D. Performance Practices of John Dowland Lute Songs. M.A. Thesis, Ball State University, 1975.

[transcription of J. Dowland’s “Lute Songs” – includes a tape of the performances]

  • Koehler, William K. Robert Schumann’s Phantasiestücke Op. 73, a Transcription for Double Bass and Piano. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 1981.
  • Pan, Yong H. The Transcription for Two Double Basses of Selections from Pièces De Violes, Quatrème Livre, Deuxiême Partie: Suitte D’un Goût Etranger by Marin Marais. D.M.A. Thesis, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2006. Download Page
  • Rives, James A. The Fourth Beethoven Cello Sonata: Transcribed for String Bass and Orchestra. M.M.Ed. Thesis, University of Tulsa, 1958.
  • Sankey, Li T. The Transcription for Double Bass of Two French Suites for Viola Da Gamba by Roland Marais and Joseph De Boismortier. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Miami, 1993.
  • Wang, Ju-Cheol. Quantz Concerto No. 182: A Transcription for the Double Bass and Orchestra with Performance Guide. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Iowa, 2003.



Theses – Contemporary Compositions – Solo

  • Andrade, Danilo Cardoso de. Concertino para Contrabaixo e Orquestra de Câmara de José Siqueira: um Processo de Edição, Análise e Redução para Piano e Contrabaixo. M.M. Thesis, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 2011. Library RecordDownload Links: 1234

[Translated: Concertino for Bass and Chamber Orchestra by José Siqueira: a Process of Editing, Analysis and Reduction for Piano and Bass]
[cited also under “Composers” –  “Siqueira, José de Lima (1907-1985)” heading]

  • Anderson, Jonathan D. The Creative Process in Cross-Influential Composition. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Texas, 2010. Download Page

[features composition “Lusmore” for double bass and Max/MSP]

  • Arslanian, Artin S. Concerto for Double-Bass and Orchestra. Ph.D. Thesis, Boston University, 1952. Download Page
  • Burdick, David H. The Eclectic Heartland: Tone Poem for Symphony Orchestra and Double Bass Soloist. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1994.
  • Burger, Willem N. Danssuite Vir Houtblaaskwartet, Sonate Vir Kontrabas En Klavier, Trilogie Vir Dameskoor, Altsolis En Strykorkes: Verlate, Weemoed En Kontras (a.d. Keet). M.M. Thesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1980.

[features Sonata for Double Bass and Piano]

  • Cole, Andrew Seager. Naya Jeevan, Concerto for Double Bass and Wind Ensemble. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2014. Download Page
  • Conti, Sebastian. String Bass Concerto with Orchestra And/or Piano Accomp. M.M. Thesis, University of Rochester, NY, 1951.

[In two parts: score and analysis “An essay on the String bass concerto”]

  • Clutton, Robert J. Composing for Double Bass: Intrinsic Particularities. M.A. Thesis, York University, Toronto, 2008 [unclear if contains new compositions for bass – also cited under “Pedagogy” heading]
  • Federmeyer, Jason, and Mark Applebaum. Fingerless, Beneath a Curtain: For Solo Double Bass and Chamber Ensemble. D.M.A. Thesis, Stanford University, 2009. Record Link
  • Gibson, Robert L. Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra. Doctoral Thesis, University of Maryland, 1980.
  • Ireland, Kristian. The end is no process. D.M.A. Thesis, Department of Music, Stanford University, 2010. Download Page

[ for oboe, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, flugelhorn, trombone, percussion, cello, and double bass ]

  • Labor, Tim. Canadian Pacific. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1990.

[Bass Related: “Stagger for solo contrabass” (?)]

  • Miller, Keith. Concertino for Double Bass and Orchestra. “e.l.m.”. D.M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013. Download Page
  • O’Malley, Patrick. 13 compositions. M.M. Thesis, University of Southern California, 2015. Download Page

[contains: Slow Movement for Double Bass “Rest and restless”, 2014, pdf. p. 85]

  • Plummer, Bren A. Concerto for Double Bass and String Orchestra. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, 2010.
  • Soeiro, Bruno. Portfolio of Compositions and Technical Commentary. Ph.D. Thesis, King’s College London, 2013. Download Page

[contains Around Promiscuous Beats for solo double bass and ensemble, an analysis and a composition]

  • Snyder, Mark. Iron John: For Solo Bass & Orchestra. M.M. Thesis, Ohio University, 2003.
  • Tacke, Daniel Arthur. Notation as a Compositional Tool : Three Exemplary Pieces. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2012. Download Page

[contains: Composition II: Solo Music N.5 / For Contrabass, p. 13. Solo part uses exclusively bass harmonics]

  • Tang, Joyce W. Suite for Virtual Double Bass: A Three Dimensional Composition Based on Original Digital Sounds Created by Computer Assisted Transformation of Original Recorded Sound Samples. M.Phil. Thesis, Hong Kong Baptist University, 1998.
  • Verdié, de V. R. A. E. Modulation 4:3 for Bandoneon, Harp, Double Bass and Orchestra. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 2002.

[this composition can be perceived as a “concertato” solo work – thus remains under the “Solo” heading]

  • Wetters, Brent A. Fermate: The Caesura and Suspension in Music and Poetics : Writings and Compositions. M.A. Thesis, Wesleyan University, 2003.

[the record’s subject heading indicates “Double Bass Music” – unable to determine which of the cited pieces belongs to the bass repertoire]

  • Wieneke, Paul. Poured Brilliant: For Contra-Bass and Small Orchestra. D.M.A. Project, Department of Music, Stanford University, 1983.



Theses – Contemporary Compositions – Chamber

  • Amort, Joseph Scott. Sans Fin Sans (Endlessness): for Guitar, Seven Wind Instruments and Double Bass. D.M.A. Thesis, University of British Columbia, 2009. Download Page
  • Baril, Félix F. Dérèglement Passager De Corps Hétérogènes: Le Concept D’organisme Musical Et La Métaphore Du Virus : Étude Sur Les Possibilités De Développement Organique Du Matériau Musical. M.M. Thesis, McGill University, 2006. Download Page

[features “Variations” for piano, clarinet, flute, horn, violin, violoncello and double bass]

  • Beecher, Lembit Lepasaar. And Then I Remember. A. Mus.D., University of Michigan, 2009. Download Page

[composition: Oratorio for Solo Soprano, Solo Double Bass, Male Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Tape And Video]

  • Bell, Jeffrey C. Present Absence: A work for string quintet and live electronics. M.M. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2001. Download Page
  • Bennighof, James. A Theory of Harmonic Areas Defined by Pitch-Class Sets. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Iowa, 1984.

[features “Sunsuite” for clarinet, viola, double bass, and piano]

  • Berger, Mark. Klang and Structure: Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony (1916), and an Original Composition, Upon a Wheel of Cloud (2008) for Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass. Ph.D. Thesis, Brandeis University, 2012.
  • Bolte, Jason L. Forgotten Dreams: An Electro-Acoustic Composition for Double Bass, Eight-Channel Digital Audio, and Interactive Electronics. M.M. Thesis, Ball State University, 2003.
  • Cutlan, Paul. Different Every Time: The Integration of Improvisation into Through-Composed Music. M.M. Thesis, University of Sydney, 2012.

[A quintet for clarinet, 2 violins, viola, double bass (unidentified) and a sextet for piano, horn, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, double bass (also unidentified) ]

  • Cutright, David. Tableaux: For String Sextet and String Orchestra. M.M. Thesis, Hartt School, University of Hartford, 2008.

[String sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas, violoncello, double bass with string orchestra]

  • Davis, Joshua Clinton. X Y Z Chamber Music Composition for Violin, Violoncello, Double Bass, Marimba, and Percussion. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Maryland, 2007. Download Page
  • Francis, Patrick M. Music from Delirious Eye: “trio for Guitar, Double Bass, and Violin,” with Analysis and Commentary. D.M.A. Thesis, Arizona State University, 1996.
  • Fryer, Cheryl A., An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Chamber Music for Saxophone, Winds and Percussion with Analyses Of Danses Exotiques by Jean Françaix, and Nonet by Fisher Tull. D.M.A Thesis, University of North texas, Denton, 2003. Download Page

[ the following compositions with double bass are discussed or cited: George Longy (1868-1930) Rhapsodie-Lento (1904) Septet with saxophone, harp, bass, two clarinets, bassoon, and timpani. p. 2 / Henry Woolett, Octuor No. 1 for oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, two violins, viola, cello and double bass, p. 2 / Will Eisma (1929), Gadget: for Winds and Double Bass, 1972-9, p. 48 / Clark, Thomas (1949- ) Dreamscape (1978), p. 40 / Tarenskeen, Boudewijn (1952), Machtelt Suite (1978), p. 59 / Jean Françaix, Concerto pour Contrebasse et Orchestre, 1974, p. 70 ]

  • Gilberti, Adam J. Volume I. into the Depths: A Critical Study of Low-Frequency Orchestral Extensions ; Volume II. Event Horizon : for Sub-Contrabass Ensemble. Ph.D. Thesis, UCLA, 2011.

[“Event horizon” is a composition for double contrabass flute in C, hyperbass flute in C, octocontrabass clarinet in B♭, subcontrabass tubax in B♭, subcontrabass tuba, bass earth harp, string octobass, percussion 1 (contrabass marimba, thundersheet, bell pates, bass chimes, titanic tam-tam, tuned gongs), and percussion 2 (4 graduated bass drums and 4 graduated tam-tams).]
NB: it is assumed that out of all low instruments fetaured here, a “string octobass” actually belongs to a double bass type of instrument?

  • Johansen, Benjamin D. Relent: A Composition for Alto Saxophone, Double Bass, Two Percussion, and Interactive Electronics. Ph.D. Thesis, University of North Texas, Denton, 2012. Download Page
  • Lai, Nga T. A. A Portfolio of Music Compositions. M.M. Thesis, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1998. [Thesis features a sextet “Labyrinth” with double bass]
  • Landis, Steven. String Quintet No.1 Ghost Town Portraits. M.M. Thesis, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013. Download Page

[composition for 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass]

  • Malta, L S. Esther in Yellow. M.A. Thesis, Queens College, Department of Music, 1989.

[composition for violin, violoncello and contrabass]

  • Mansukhani, Adrian. Portfolio of Compositions. M.M. in Composition Thesis, University of Sydney, 2008.

[features a string quintet for 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass – title not identifiable]

  • Milholland, Frank W. Suite for Strings and Piano. M.F.A. Thesis, Miami University, 1969.

[Suite for piano, 2 violins, viola, violoncello and double bass]

  • Miller, Lisa Cay. Green ideas. D.M.A. Thesis, University of British Columbia, 2011. Download Page

[composition for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, electric guitar, piano and drum set]

  • Moore, Christopher T. The Cleansing Storm. D.M.A. Thesis, Department of Music, Stanford University, 2008. Record Link

[ Nonet for piano, bassoon, clarinet, flute, violins (2), viola, cello and double bass ]

  • Nelson, Gary L. Anton Webern’s Five Canons, Opus 16: A Test Case for Computer-Aided Analysis and Synthesis of Musical Style ; Double Quartet : January 1973. Ph.D. Thesis, Washington University, 1974.

[features: Quintet for Clarinet, electronics, trombone, vibraphone, double bass – unidentified (?)]

  • Parmenter, Joshua David. Organon Sostenuto. For flute, cello, bassoon, double bass and live electronics. D.M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, 2005.
  • Randolph, Fred H, and Fred H. Randolph. Analysis of Resurrection: A Composition for String Quintet. M.A. Thesis, Calif. State University, Hayward,  1994.

[composition for string quintet – 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass]

  • Riordan, Brian. Laniakea For Pipa, Horn in F, Double Bass, Piano, and Laptop: Some Considerations and Analysis. M.M. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2015. Download Page
  • Silver, Harriet S. S. Suite for Basoon and Strings. M.A. Thesis [project], California State University, Sacramento, 1958.

[Suite for bassoon, 2 violins, viola, violoncello and double bass]

  • Srikaranonda, Pathorn B. Quintett Für Klavier Und Streich Quartett. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Edinburgh, 2001.

[Quintet features double bass]

  • Weiner, Alison. Three Suites: A Celebration of Klezmer. M.A. Thesis, Florida Atlantic University, 2010. Download Page

[contains Suite No. 2: For Paul, A Master of Music for clarinet, piano, double bass and drums]

  • Weinstein, Joshua I. Septation: An Eye-Witness (re)composition of the September 11 Attacks. M.A. Thesis, University of California, San Diego, 2011. Source Page

[Octet for piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, guitar and double bass – admittedly 7 instruments cited, yet the LC classes it as octets?]



Theses – Contemporary Compositions – Electric Bass

  • Malone, Kyle D. Double Concerto for Electric Guitar, Electric Six-String Bass Guitar, and Wind Ensemble, with a Model Analysis. D.A. Thesis, University of Northern Colorado, 2000.



Theses – Contemporary Compositions – National / Folk Music

  • Francom, Stacey. Bluegrass Bass Fiddle Solos. B.M (?) Thesis, Brigham Young University, 2005.



Bass in Literature

  • Degler, Frank. Aisthetische Reduktionen : Analysen zu Patrick Süskinds “Der Kontrabaß”, “Das Parfum” und “Rossini”. Ph.D.Thesis, Universität Mannheim, 2002.

[issued also as a book, cited also in ABP Books ]



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