Ben van Dijk:
First of all, I think the contrabass trombone deserves his place in the trombone family, both in the symphony
orchestra but also in the trombone ensemble repertoire.
In Germany almost all big orchestra's and all Opera houses make use of the contrabass trombone.
symphonic works with original contrabass parts are:
The Alpine Symphony - R Strauss
Canticum Sarcrum - Stravinski.
3 Symphony - Glinka
many works by Krenek,Henze and Bernd Alois Zimmermann have contraparts. Varese, Ligeti, Boulez and Schnitke make use of the contra very often.
me, there is much more. In the Opera repertoire there is even more written for the CBT.
Most of these parts are playable on the basstrombone but the special sound of the
contra ads so much to it.
Famous opera's with great contrabass parts are:
Der Ring des Nibelungen - Wagner
Othello and Falstaf - Verdi
Salome and Elektra -
Tosca and Turandot - Puccini
But also in Bernd Alois Zimmerman's "die Soldaten" there is a crazy contrabass trombone part.
different contrabasses available, I like to say, there are some very good instruments on the market.