Patrick Süskind: Der Kontrabass [The Double Bass]

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  • Jeffrey T. Adams (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

The theater piece Der Kontrabass [The Double Bass] premiered in 1981 in Munich at the Cuvillietheater, with Niklaus Paryla in the title role. A wryly humorous monodrama, Der Kontrabass consists of one uninterrupted monologue delivered by a classical bassist whose frustrated desire for professional and personal recognition gradually emerges amid self-deprecations and witty anecdotal jabs at the world of classical music.

Speaking directly to his public from the intimate confines of his soundproofed bachelor's apartment, the bassist begins his self-ironic soliloquy with an overview of the role of the double bass in the classical orchestra, claiming that the bass is the most essential instrument, without …

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Adams, Jeffrey T.. "Der Kontrabass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2005
[, accessed 04 October 2015.]