Bassoon bassoon the principal bass instrument of the orchestral woodwind family the bassoons reed is made by bending double a shaped strip of cane its narrow conical bore leads from the curved metal crook onto which the double reed is placed downward through the wing or tenor joint on which are. Like the bassoon the contra is pitched in the key of c and its sound is produced with a double reed that is proportionately larger in size than the regular bassoon reed the sound on the lower notes is characterized with a distinct rattle as part of the tone. The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor registers and occasionally even higher it is called das fagott in german il fagotto in italian and le basson in french appearing in its modern form in the 1800s the bassoon figures prominently in orchestral concert band
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