con·​tra·​bas·​soon | \ ˌkän-trə-bə-ˈsün How to pronounce contrabassoon (audio) , -ba- \

Definition of contrabassoon

: a double-reed woodwind instrument having a range an octave lower than that of the bassoon

called also double bassoon

Examples of contrabassoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The performances also feature long stretches with two bass players and, aside from Coltrane’s saxophones, there are musicians bringing in the unusual-for-jazz timbres of the oboe, bass clarinet and contrabassoon. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 LoPiccolo said, which includes instruments like a contrabassoon and a variety of percussion. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, 22 Aug. 2019 The filigreed serenades of the wind section were in the foreground throughout—the growl of the contrabassoon was delightfully prominent—and the tympani rolled with a primal thunder. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 31 July 2019 Below the noise and brutally driving rhythms the music seethes with weird effects — queasy lyricism in the strings, sinister grunts from the contrabassoon, trombones and tuba. John Von Rhein,, 15 June 2018 Details stood in high relief against the roiling sound mass, such as the sinister contrabassoon trailed by muted horns, also the strange little duet between flute and horn later on. John Von Rhein,, 18 May 2018 From the resounding contrabassoon of Jonathan Sherwin to the melodious bow of concertmaster William Preucil, this was a display of orchestra-wide virtuosity and collective eloquence. Zachary Lewis,, 23 Feb. 2018 The deep-sea contrabass clarinet and contrabassoon that Salonen love contribute a strange bottom to the orchestral sound. Mark Swed,, 16 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of contrabassoon

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Contrabassoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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