a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family
A musical instrument in the woodwind family, having a double reed and, playing in the tenor and bass ranges.
To play the bassoon.
To make a bassoon-like sound.
Origin: From basson, from bassone, from basso + augmentative suffix -one.
a wind instrument of the double reed kind, furnished with holes, which are stopped by the fingers, and by keys, as in flutes. It forms the natural bass to the oboe, clarinet, etc
The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor clefs, and occasionally the treble. Appearing in its modern form in the 19th century, the bassoon figures prominently in orchestral, concert band and chamber music literature. The bassoon is a non-transposing instrument known for its distinctive tone color, wide range, variety of character and agility. Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to that of a male baritone voice. Someone who plays the bassoon is called a bassoonist.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bas-ōōn′, n. (It. fagotto) a musical wind-instrument filling an important place in the modern orchestra, of the reed species, made of maple-wood or plane-tree, its compass from B flat below the bass stave to C in the treble.—The Double bassoon (It. contrafagotto) sounds an octave lower.—n. Bassoon′ist. [It. bassone, augmentative of basso, low, from root of Base.]
The numerical value of bassoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of bassoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There once was a brainy baboon who always breathed down a bassoon for he said, It appears that in billions of years I shall certainly hit on a tune.
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- fagotCatalan, Valencian
- bajón, fagotSpanish
- ファゴット, バスーンJapanese
- фа̀гот, fàgotSerbo-Croatian
- kèn fagôtVietnamese
- fagöm, basunVolapük
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