Definition of contrabassoon in English:

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contrabassoon

Pronunciation: /ˌˈkäntrəbəˌso͞on/

noun

A bassoon that is larger and longer than the normal type and sounds an octave lower in pitch.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: con·tra·bas·soon

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