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Hello. I have question about solo bass singer. How low can a bass sing and yet be able to maintain a full resonating Fortissimo? For example, could it have the same Fortissimo low D (D2) as a Bassoon playing it in low D? Thank you.

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sorry for such a late response, I'm gonna respond even if it's useless now. Although the answer is simple, it's also expensive. I know that most of the pros I know fall at about C2 for Pros. for the average smoker I'd give them that low D. Now if you want it fortissimo, you're gonna need a basso profundo-ish, even if the note isn't that low basses sing the bottom of their notes at about a mezzo-forte. 

I know it doesn't matter at this point so I'm gonna link my favorite basso profundo who I've performed with twice before. 

 

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You need to be a little more specific.

If you're talking about opera, lyrical basses are lighter, and usually go down to E2. You can write D2 for a part that's mostly lyrical, but don't expect them to hold it out for long at such a loud volume. 

Dramatic basses are heavier and more comfortable with D2. Their range is typically limited to C2.

Basso profundo is rare. Works like Do Not Reject Me in My Old Age are very 'niche.' If you can even find someone to perform a work like that, be prepared to pay.

TL;DR As long as most of your solo bass part is within the bass clef and provides room to prepare, a low D2 at fortissimo PROBABLY won't hurt.

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On 6/28/2018 at 10:39 PM, Jacob Hall said:

You need to be a little more specific.

If you're talking about opera, lyrical basses are lighter, and usually go down to E2. You can write D2 for a part that's mostly lyrical, but don't expect them to hold it out for long at such a loud volume. 

Dramatic basses are heavier and more comfortable with D2. Their range is typically limited to C2.

Basso profundo is rare. Works like Do Not Reject Me in My Old Age are very 'niche.' If you can even find someone to perform a work like that, be prepared to pay.

TL;DR As long as most of your solo bass part is within the bass clef and provides room to prepare, a low D2 at fortissimo PROBABLY won't hurt.

 

 

 

On 6/20/2018 at 4:41 AM, Some Guy That writes Music said:

sorry for such a late response, I'm gonna respond even if it's useless now. Although the answer is simple, it's also expensive. I know that most of the pros I know fall at about C2 for Pros. for the average smoker I'd give them that low D. Now if you want it fortissimo, you're gonna need a basso profundo-ish, even if the note isn't that low basses sing the bottom of their notes at about a mezzo-forte. 

I know it doesn't matter at this point so I'm gonna link my favorite basso profundo who I've performed with twice before. 

 

 

Thank you for your kind response and tips you two.

Despite my question, I am going to keep the Bass above the low register, since a menacing sustained Fortissimo is more important for me and of course, I don't want to go through the trouble and time of finding the right singer when more simple solutions can be done to the music.

Thanks again!

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