The "BASS" of BASSOONS
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NAME: Bassoon, a member of the woodwind family
CLASSIFICATION: Aerophone: an instrument that produces sound by vibrations in a column of air.
SIZE: 4ft. 4 in. long; total length of the tube is 8ft. 3 in.
RANGE: Three and a half octaves.
ORIGIN: The Bassoon was adapted from the curtal, a double-reed, one-peice instrument from Europe during the 1500's.
NOTE: The Italians call the bassoon a "fagotto," or "bundle of firewood." Sitwell likens the deep, dark tones of the bassoon to the sound of "a sea-god speaking," in one of his poems.
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