bas·​soon | \ bə-ˈsün How to pronounce bassoon (audio) , ba- \

Definition of bassoon

: a double-reed woodwind instrument having a long U-shaped conical tube connected to the mouthpiece by a thin metal tube and a usual range two octaves lower than that of the oboe

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bassoonist \ bə-​ˈsü-​nist How to pronounce bassoonist (audio) , ba-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Soluri’s fingers repeatedly could be seen flying over the bassoon keys with no aural evidence of his labors. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony presents a new bassoon concerto, other works inspired by love stories," 14 Feb. 2020 It is written for soprano, clarinet, and piano, though a later orchestral arrangement by Carl Reinecke for an additional two flutes, two oboes, clarinet, two bassoons, and four horns was popularized. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Schubert in Spring," 4 Apr. 2020 In some cases, there was even what sounded like new music, as Herreweghe, a period specialist renowned for Bach, brought to the forefront passages many gloss over: a bassoon line here, a viola melody there. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra guests put welcome personal stamps on well-known Beethoven, Mozart," 14 Feb. 2020 Chris Robbins and Sally Davenport will play the oboe, and Chris Shortall will play the bassoon., "A fundraiser for sprinklers, how to get kids off screens, and candlelight vespers - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 This was for the you-never-know-what’s-around-the-corner sensation that the strange tones and quirky textures an ensemble of soprano, saxophone, bassoon, flute and viola can produce. Los Angeles Times, "Review: LACO’s ‘Session’ for the young and hip is a risk, sure. But risk has its rewards," 14 Oct. 2019 This diverse program of instrumental and vocal music begins with a Sonate pour clavecin avec flûte et basson obligés by François Devienne, performed by Cynthia Lang, flute, Frederick Fenn, bassoon, and Mattie Banzhaf, piano., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 30 Sep. 2019 In recording, the bassoons are often lost among the blasting brass, but Richard Svoboda and Suzanne Nelsen’s madcap currents were unmissable., "With Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the harpsichord definitely isn’t Baroque - The Boston Globe," 22 Oct. 2019 Namely, his ability to perform with equal skill on alto, soprano and baritone saxophones, oboe, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and English horn. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Blues festival, ‘Kiss My Aztec!,’ Brian Wilson and The Zombies," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bassoon

1715, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bassoon

French basson, from Italian bassone, from basso basso

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The first known use of bassoon was in 1715

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“Bassoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bassoon

: a large musical instrument that is shaped like a tube, makes low sounds, and is played by blowing into a small, thin tube in its side


bas·​soon | \ bə-ˈsün How to pronounce bassoon (audio) , ba- \

Kids Definition of bassoon

: a woodwind instrument with two bound reeds and with a usual range two octaves lower than an oboe

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