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The Oxford Companion to Music
Jeremy MontaguJeremy Montagu

1 When applied to instruments, the English word ‘double’ indicates either low pitch (the double bass is the lowest member of the violin family, the double bassoon of the bassoons, etc.) or a combination of two instruments in one, such as the double horn, or the duplication of elements such as keyboards (e.g. double-manual ...2 To take more than one singing role or to play more than one instrument in the same work. Opera singers have ‘doubles’, or understudies, who are able to take over a role in case of the principal's absence.... ...

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