In performance, we spotted a gigantic octobass in action. Compared to the typically enormous double basses, the octobass makes them look like little cellos. The size was not the only thing impressive about the octobass but the deep, amazing melody that was previously unheard of.
Watch the below video to see Bernard Salles’ arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne” from the second part in D-minor BMV 1004. The musical group was made up of four double basses and an octobass which was played by Nicola Moneta.
The octobass was also played by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and towered over the rest of the orchestra.