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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Other Words from bassoon

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

Examples of bassoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Important contributions were made by Jeffrey Khaner on flute, Erin Hannigan on oboe, Christopoher Pell on clarinet, Ted Soluri on bassoon, and the San Diego Symphony’s own Benjamin Jaber on horn. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2022 The composition, originally a trio for piano, bassoon, and clarinet, was meant to be played by Washington and his wife, Carina, who is Swedish and a clarinetist. Serena Puang,, 17 June 2022 From the start, Whitney Crockett’s opening bassoon solo had emotional presence that sounded fuller and richer than that of any single voice. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 For the weekly scores, Khosla employed a 40-piece orchestra including bassoon, without (at first) realizing that a bassoonist would not only be a character later in the season but in fact play a pivotal role in the story. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 2 June 2022 Jeffrey played the bassoon, Mark the oboe, both in high demand in orchestras and other ensembles. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 The other members are Susan Saylor (flute), Trevor O’Riordan (clarinet), Jonathan Saylor (bassoon), and Dan O’Connell (horn). Myrna Petlicki,, 5 Apr. 2022 Among many solos, none was more important than Valentin Martchev’s bassoon work. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 The overture is an audition staple for the complexity of its flute, clarinet and bassoon parts, each beautifully handled on Thursday by Aaron Goldman, Eugene Mondie and Sue Heineman, respectively. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Bassoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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