Definition of contrabassoon in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntrəbəˈsuːn


  • another term for double bassoon.
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    • The tutti strangeness is that of an orchestra without violas and cellos, but in which double basses, contrabassoon and piccolos are prominent.
    • The symphonic repertoire calls for the basic 2 oboes and cor anglais, just as it does two flutes and piccolo, two clarinets and bass clarinet, two bassoons and contrabassoon.
    • Of other sizes, the commonest is the contrabassoon.

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