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Pitched an octave below the normal bass range.

[Obsolete Italian contrabasso : Italian contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + Italian basso, bass (from Medieval Latin bassus, low).]

con′tra·bass′ist n.


1. (Instruments) a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
2. (Instruments) another name for double bass
(Instruments) of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass
contrabassist n


(ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪs)

n. adj.
2. pitched an octave below the bass in a family of instruments.
[1590–1600; < Italian contrabbasso=contra- contra-2 + basso bass1]
con′tra•bass`ist (-ˌbeɪ sɪst, -ˌbæs ɪst) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrabass - largest and lowest member of the violin familycontrabass - largest and lowest member of the violin family
bass - the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
bowed stringed instrument, string - stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the strings played superlatively well"
Adj.1.contrabass - pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range; "contrabass or double-bass clarinet"
low-pitched, low - used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency


[ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs] Ncontrabajo m
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In the second act there was scenery representing tombstones, there was a round hole in the canvas to represent the moon, shades were raised over the footlights, and from horns and contrabass came deep notes while many people appeared from right and left wearing black cloaks and holding things like daggers in their hands.
The number then settles into something sweetly emotive, swelling through dissonant measures before suddenly contracting, as if the piano were stepping aside to allow the sax and contrabass to step into the piece.
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The continuo on this recording consists of cello, harp, violin, contrabass, and organ.
Mr Godkhindi became the first Indian flautist to perform the eight-feet contrabass flute and the first Indian to represent 'Bansuri' at the World Flute Festival held in Mendoza, Argentina.
Another group, Swing Sista, puffed as its members maneuvered a giant contrabass and a four-piece drum set down the stairwell.
past, which resurfaced at the hands of a oud, tambour and a contrabass.
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The viola da gamba comes in six sizes: pardessus de viole (non-existent before the 18th century) treble (about the size of a violin), alto, tenor, bass and contrabass (known as a violene).
The group - Anne Marit Bergheim, Marianne Sveen, Solveig Heilo and Turid Jorgensen - play everything from banjo to accordion and contrabass balalaika and will be performing tonight at Birmingham's HMV Institute With a mix-bag of songs from Tea With Cinnamon, a jolly carousel ride around your teacup - off their debut album Le Pop - to their latest release Soviet Trumpeter, an eerie gothic song that might instil fear in the most hardy - from their latest album A Kiss Before I Go.
Surman plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones, alto bass and contrabass clarinets and harmonica over synth backgrounds.
Through the sounds and sensibilities of six instruments (*qanoun*, *oud*, *buzuq*, violin, contrabass, and Oriental percussion), the group seeks to combine individual and collective endeavours inspired by the rich musical heritage of our region.