Scope and arrangement
The Frederick Zimmerman Collection of Double Bass Music represents the many activities of a noted double bass player. A student of Herman Reinshagen (double bass player of the New York Philharmonic), Zimmermann inherited many of his teacher's arrangements and music collection. From Zimmermann's capacity as orchestra player there are a number of orchestral parts, many of them containing copious markings with regard to bowing, phrasing, and articulation.
In his capacity as teacher, Zimmermann arranged many works for groups of double bass players. (Lists of compositions arranged for one, two, three or four double basses will be found at the end of this finding aid.) There are many works originally written for various soloists (e.g. sonatas for piano and another instrument) where Zimmermann or others have arranged the solo part for double bass. He also composed many studies designed to assist the student in gaining mastery of the instrument. Many of these studies deal with difficult rhythms and unusual time signatures. Zimmermann also gave lecture demonstrations and the texts of several of these are also included in the collection.
The Frederick Zimmermann collection of double bass music is arranged in six series: