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n.1.(Mus.) The largest kind of bass viol. See Violone.
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In between them, like a front door-bell, rang out a scrambling soprano voice, probably a puppy's, and all these were capped by a bass voice, that of a grandfather, maybe, endowed with a sturdy dogged nature; for he was as husky as a contrabasso in a choir when a concert is at its height and the tenors are standing on tiptoe from passionate desire to utter a high note and everybody strains aloft with head uplifted, while he alone, tucking his unshaven chin into his tie, squatting almost to the ground, lets out a note at which the very window-panes shake and rattle.
Invece e proprio questo abisso di semplicita e ingenuita paesana che mettendo insieme uno sbruffone televisivo, Alessandro Gassman, un professore di matematica, Rocco Papaleo, uno studente di medicina fuori corso, Paolo Briguglia, un suonatore di contrabasso apparentemente muto, Max Gazze, sposta l'attenzione su una realta antropologica, sociale, culturale, praticamente ignorata dalla cinematografia.
What I can say is that when you are composing an opera there is tenor, baritone, contrabasso - it is different.
The "kaiser musical instrument" is still known today - in Italy they still produce the Contrabasso ad anchia, i.
I myself found especially fascinating the reconstruction of the musical activities for the wedding of Giangaleazzo and Isabella d'Aragona (306-18), which may have occasioned the composition and performance of Josquin Desprez's settings of Virgilian texts (here the Merkleys might have cited Oliver Strunk's article in The Musical Quarterly for 1930); the reconstruction of the musical elements of the Festa del Paradiso (419-21); and the brief account of music (422-23) in the households of Beatrice d'Este Sforza (Ludovico's wife) and Isabella d'Argona Sforza (Giangaleazzo's wife), with its tantalizing references to the lutenist and composer Andrea Cossa, to Beatrice's playing of the "Clavicordo," and to viol players and the singing of three-part songs for soprano, tenor, and contrabasso.
After saying that wind instruments are rarely used, Agazzari adds that: 'sometimes the trombone in a small group can be used as bass, when there are small organs [playing] at the upper octave: but it must be well and sweetly played' ('tal volta il trombone in picciol conserto, s'adopera per contrabasso, quando sono organetti all'ottava alti, ma che sia ben sonato, e dolce').
From this time on Universal Edition published practically everything that Schulhoff wrote: the piano Ostinato, which is a playful, sprightly celebration of the birth of his son, the Sonata for Piano dedicated to Thomas Mann, the Deuxieme suite pour piano, the Duo for Violin and Piano with dedication to Leos Janacek, Concertino per flauto, viola e Contrabasso, the 1st Symphony, second string quartet, Cinq etudes de jazz for piano, Deuxieme Sonate pour piano, Sonate pour violon seul, piano Esquisses de jazz, and Ten Syncopated Etudes for piano called Hot Music, mainly pieces from 1923 - 1928.
Circa al frate Napolitano dell'ordine di Minori contrabasso di San Marco, I'ho udito piu volte a Vespre .
Table 1 Continuo indications for Orfeo's part Text Continuo Act 2 1 Tu se' morta Un organo di lengo en un Chitarone Act 3 2 Possente spirto Orfeo al suono dell' Organo di legno e un Chitarrone 3 Sol tu nobile Dio Furno sonate le altri parti da tre Viole da braccio, e un contrabasso 4 Ei dorme Orfeo canta suono del Organo di legno solamente 5 Mentre versan Qui entra nella e passa cantando al suono del Organo di legno Act 4 6 Ma che odo?