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Does anyone know about a composer who made a 2 man Bass?
Old 08 Nov 2007, 04:20   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does anyone know about a composer who made a 2 man Bass?

Does anyone know about a composer who made a 2 man Bass? I remember hearing something about a 19 (I think) century composer who changed the orchestras he used and employed extra basses and these special 2 man basses. However I can't think of his name, and he might have been an 18th century composer too... I remember seeing it on the VH1 Metal the history of Heavy documentary but I saw that maybee a year ago and it's really been bugging me the last few days.

So could anyone direct me to finding him or any knowledge about the bass?
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Default Re: Does anyone know about a composer who made a 2 man Bass?

The instrument is called an Octobass, and was invented by a french instrument-maker named Jean Baptiste Vuillaume around 1850.

The composer you might think about (who in fact rearranged his whole orchestra, who amongst other instruments included two of these monstrosities), was Wilhelm Richard Wagner, although the French composer Hector Berlioz composed many works for the instrument and is said to have been a part in it's creation.
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