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
Bernard Herrmann’s score here, relying on a low clarinet and bassoon, both evokes the fog horns of San Francisco Bay, where a pivotal scene is set, and paints a sonic portrait of Scotty’s growing suspicion of, but attraction to, Madeleine.
The overture is cast in much the same populist manner, moving to a triumphant close via a jaunty bassoon melody that might as well be a Swedish folk song.
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?
The local band performs with members Anna Luther on flute, Heidi Dewally on oboe and English horn, Donna Noyes on clarinet, Monica Schwartz on bassoon and Rich Roberts on horn.
Additionally, extended passages for oboe, bassoon and viola da gamba gave diverse shades of color.
The program consists of four musicians: clarinet, horn, bassoon and violin.
Mr. Gordon’s recent compositions include hyperkinetic works for acoustic instruments (bassoons, planks of wood) that uncannily evoke electronic 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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