Definition of bombardon in English:

Share this entry

bombardon

Pronunciation: /ˈbämbərdən/ Pronunciation: /bämˈbärdən/

noun

Music
1A type of valved bass tuba.
Example sentences
  • The bombardon is circular, passing over the performer's head, with the bell directed upwards.
  • In some parts of Europe, bass ophicleides and valved tubas were indiscriminately called bombardons.
  • Their design was adopted by other instrument makers who modified them slightly and began producing the bombardon in different sizes and shapes.
1.1An organ stop imitating this.
Example sentences
  • All lacking chromatic notes were added to basses and trombones to fit the fully chromatic 110-key scale, the bass pipes were doubled and 16’ bombardons were added to the brass 8’ trombones.
  • What on earth would it have been like if they had installed the 32' Bombardon that was prepared for it (presumably a downward extension of the 16' reed).

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Italian bombardone, from bombardo 'cannon'. Compare with bombarde.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bom·bar·don

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.