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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High School Symphony Orchestra: Sergio Miragliotta, flute, San Dieguito High School Academy; Isabel Friedrichs, violin, Classical Academy High School; Jonathan Omens, bassoon, Point Loma High; Josephine Kim, cello, Torrey Pines High. Laura Groch,, "All-star state music students perform," 21 Apr. 2018 Oboes and bassoons sounded by themselves, a piccolo duet was accompanied by several violins playing pizzicato, and horns bellowed in their lowest register. Christian Hertzog,, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 As a child, Mr. Gaffigan started as a jazz and rock guitarist, but embraced the bassoon, and classical music, under the auspices of an inspiring junior high band director. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "To Conduct Its Parks Concerts, the Philharmonic Taps a Rising Star," 8 June 2018 The bassoon part, which was engagingly played by Kenneth Munday, is the lonely musing human, out of his element. Mark Swed,, "Karina Canellakis, back in L.A. with a hire-wire act," 24 Apr. 2018 The musicians were brilliant throughout, but I was particularly taken by the balance of the horns, clarinets and bassoons at the beginning; Sheryl Renk’s clarinet solo; and Jeff Thayer’s solo violin work. Christian Hertzog,, "A game of musical chairs and an impressive debut: Scaglione stellar with the San Diego Symphony," 7 Apr. 2018 Its instrumentation - then regarded as unusual -- includes one flute, one clarinet, and two each of bassoons, trumpets, and trombones. Nola Community Submission,, "New wind blowing: Chamber music group to make debut in the Marigny," 18 May 2018 Yaniv Dinur, conductor; Catherine Chen, bassoon; Mozart, Bassoon Concerto; Mozart, Symphony No. 29. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony search for music director continues next season," 29 Mar. 2018 Those trumpets, bassoons, trombones and wind instruments warming up at Marigny Opera House belong to the city's newest professional music ensemble, The New Orleans Chamber Players. Nola Community Submission,, "New wind blowing: Chamber music group to make debut in the Marigny," 18 May 2018

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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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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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