Journal of Undergraduate Research


Eugene Levinson, School of Agility, solo instrument, bass


Fine Arts and Communications




Throughout classical music history, most major composers of the baroque, classical and romantic eras overlooked the bass as a solo instrument leaving the instrument’s repertoire tragically underdeveloped. In recent decades, however, a significant number of virtuoso double bassists has emerged and, along with them, significant new solo works have changed the way the instrument is played and heard. These luminary bassists devoted much of their careers to developing a new pedagogy for the double bass in an effort to compensate for centuries of pedagogical deficiency. One of the leading figures in this movement to advance the double bass as a solo instrument is Dr. Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic and Professor of Double Bass at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

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