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Widespread use of period instruments since the 70's of the last century brought back the violone. At first primarily as a 16ft instrument, playing "contra" bass parts, more recently also as a "12ft" in smaller ensembles and for specific bass-parts, as in Bach's 2nd and 6th Brandenburg Concerto.

More recently still also concertante parts have been performed on the violone, e.g. in the Aria Geduld from St Matthews Passion.
Listen to a new recording of Aria Geduld from Bach's St Matthews Passion Mp3 - Tenor is Andre Post, Organ Kees Schul, Violone Rudolf Senn

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