Bassoon has been categorised as a “woodwind instrument,” belonging to the reed-fam. It mostly plays music written in bass and tone clefs.
1. In the 19th century, the Bassoon’s played a prominent role in orchestral, chamber music and concert band literature.
2. Known for its distinct tone, wide range, colour, agility, and variety of character, in the modern-day, the Bassoon has two forms: “Buffet (or French)” and “Heckel (or German)”.
3. The person playing the Bassoon of any system is called a Bassoonist who can play it in various music styles like jazz, classical, modern and popular music.
4. The Italian name for the Bassoon is “Fagotto” and “Fagot” in Spanish and Romanian. However, the name Bassoon comes from the french word “Basson” and Italian “Bassone”. Fagot is a French word that means a bundle of sticks.
5. Martin Hotteterre, in the 1650s, invented the Bassoon. However, in the 1800s, the recreation of the Bassoon was done for use in concert halls and enhanced playability.
6. It is basically 4ft in size with a tube inside that could stretch to 8ft if straightened out. For playing the instrument, one thus has to use all the fingers and thumbs.
7. The height of the this instrument can be increased to lower the pitch and can be decreased to raise the pitch. These are thus tuned critically at the factory only.
8. Being a heavy instrument, Bassoon’s needs a strap attached to the seat or around the Bassoonist’s neck.
10. The Bassoon is a premium instrument costing between US$ 7,000 to over $45,000. The cost also acts as a hindrance in people taking up the Bassoon’s learning.
11. A lesser-known fact is that Ludwig Van Beethoven and John Sebastian Bach have written parts for the Bassoon.
After receiving such a summarised intro to Bassoon, we hope you might be rethinking about leaving your current job already to play it “so-soon”! For, listening to a Bassoon might be refreshing to the ears, but learning to play it is a tiring task indeed.
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