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
bassoonistplay \-ˈsü-nist\ noun
Recent Examples of bassoon from the Web
Till’s motifs swept though the ensemble, as horns, clarinets, bassoons, violin all had a chance to personate the character.
In Sibelius’ symphony, the plaintive oboe solos by Sarah Skuster, clear flute work by Rose Lombardo, the resonant bassoon playing by Valentin Martchev and Ryan Simmons, the bright trumpet of Micah Wilkinson, the precise timpani of Ryan DiLisi?
Imagine if digital music resulted in a true revival (a crescendo, say, and not a diminuendo) of old-fashioned violin-and-bassoon music…
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BASSOON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bassoon for English Language Learners
: 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
BASSOON Defined for Kids
Definition of bassoon for Students
: a woodwind instrument with two bound reeds and with a usual range two octaves lower than an oboe
History for bassoon
The bassoon usually plays the lowest part among the woodwinds in an orchestra. The English word came from the French name for the instrument, basson, which in turn came from the Italian name, bassone. Not surprisingly, bassone is derived from Italian basso, “bass.”
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