Are there Double Bass pieces that cellists play?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Andy Mopley, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    that cello players play? This got me thinking the other day when I was listening to the much talked about Bach Cello suites. Whilst I appreciate that there is a a larger body of work for solo cellos, are any of the concertos written for Double Bass also featured/played on cellos?

    Regards to (the animated) all.
  2. Co.


    Sep 10, 2006
    There are all kinds of pieces, that were written for violone (whatever that really means), played on the cello. But these are from a time, where instrumentation was rather flexible anyway. Most of them are not solo pieces.
    I can't think of solo pieces, written specifically for double bass, that had been transcribed by cellists.
  3. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Not sure but I doubt it. Why would they? They have so much more and better repertoire that it is unlikely they will look into bass repertoire. But there might be some exceptions.
  4. bassfiddlesteve

    bassfiddlesteve Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    When "L'Elephant" from "Carnival of the Animals" was first published it was arranged for cello or double bass with piano, even though Saint-Saëns originally wrote it for double bass. Also the bass solos from Haydn's early symphonies were assigned to the cello at one time, apparently over confusion as to what he meant by "violone" or how it was abbreviated in the score. That's all I can think of.

    - Steve
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  5. s van order

    s van order

    Oct 4, 2012
    I’ve not (yet) seen pieces written specifically for double bass in lists of cello performance studies or repertoire. Btw, here is a link to a useful database of difficulty-graded cello repertoire: Cello Repertoire Search
  6. neilG


    Jun 15, 2003
    Ventura, CA
    I've come across a few pieces that were originally written for bass OR cello.