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n.1.(Mus.) The largest kind of bass viol. See Violone.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Our songs went up and out the chimney, And roused the home-gone husbandmen; Our allemands, our keys, poussettings, Our hands-across and back again, Sent rhythmic throbbings through the casements On to the white highway, Where nighted farers paused and muttered, "Keep it up well, do they!" The contrabasso's measured booming Sped at each bar to the parish bounds, To shepherds at their midnight lambings, To stealthy poachers on their rounds; And everybody caught full duly The notes of our delight, As Time unrobed the Youth of Promise Hailed by our sanguine sight.
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.
hip-grinding melodies the almost caroled contrabasso
The "kaiser musical instrument" is still known today - in Italy they still produce the Contrabasso ad anchia, i.e.
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.
The term baritono was already being used to designate a voice line higher than the bass,[18] and the distinction between baritone and bass (or contrabasso) is clear from a reference in 1595 to a member of the choir of St Mark's - |the priest from Brescia who can be used as a baritone, that is, who can sing three vocal parts.'[19] I shall return to the question of singers who could apparently sing in more than two vocal ranges; meanwhile, it is interesting to reflect on exactly what parts Rapallino did sing in the choir at St Mark's.
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?