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bassoon Line breaks: bas|soon
Pronunciation: /bəˈsuːn/

Definition of bassoon in English:


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A bass woodwind instrument of the oboe family, with a doubled-back tube over four feet long, played with a double reed.
Example sentences
  • Other unique curiosities are the 3 Sonatas that the composer wrote for each of the main woodwind instruments; oboe, bassoon and clarinet, although those for cor anglais and flute never saw the light of day.
  • Even more surprising are the number of standard orchestral instruments that are currently under threat - double bass, viola, horn, oboe, bassoon, tuba and trombone.
  • The performers here, being very good baroque musicians indeed, have deployed a variety of continuo combinations: harpsichord or lute with violone, gamba, double bass or bassoon.


Pronunciation: /bəˈsuːnɪst/
Example sentences
  • The doublereeder exists in just these two varieties - oboist and bassoonist.
  • Minor variations in bore profile can affect intonation, and all bassoonists have to experiment to some extent to find fingerings that suit their own instrument.
  • Had you been a bassoonist, I'd probably have suggested a violist!


Early 18th century: from French basson, from Italian bassone, from basso 'low', from Latin bassus 'short, low'.

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