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The orchestral instruments: The double basses

The dark tones that the double basses produce often form a stable ground over which the other instruments can play. Meet the orchestra's foundation!

The double bass is the biggest string instrument in the orchestra. It emits low and muted tones, sometimes rhythmic, sometimes long, but almost always incredibly powerful. The double bass part often forms a stable foundation over which the rest of the orchestra’s notes can resound. When double basses are taken on tour, they are transported in enormous wooden boxes!

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • Carl Orff from Carmina Burana, arr Mats Nilsson
  • Ludwig van Beethoven from Symphony No. 5
  • Dmitry Shostakovich from Symphony No. 5
  • Participants

  • The double bass section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 6 minutes.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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