The Basoon

of the Orchestra

What is the basson

The bassoon is a double-reed woodwind instrument with a conical bore air column, the bass member of the oboe family.


Bassoons have been used in orchestras for a very long time. There are a few other larger and smaller bassoons, but these days the most commonly used additional member of the bassoon family is the contrabassoon which sounds an octave lower than the bassoon. The French Bassoon was made in the middle of the 19th century by a French firm, the Bassoon was made by Wilhelm Heckel a German manufacturer.

The Bassoon is a great instrument.

Where the bassoon sits

It sits in the woodwind section witch is middle row right side.

Archie Camden

Archie Camden born 1888 died 1979, he was a British bassoonist. His career began in 1906 when he joined the Hallè Orchestra he became principal bassoonist in 1914. His record of the Mozart bassoon concerto still remains one of the most popular.

Bernard Garfield

Bernard Garfield was born in 1924.Bernard Garfield is a well-known bassoonist, teacher, composer and pedagogue. He studied at New York University and received a master’s degree in composition from Columbia University in 1950.

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