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.
a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family
a horrible instrument to learn
The bassoon is a double-reed instrument made of wood. Its relative, the contrabassoon, heard here, is the lowest pitched and weightiest sounding woodwind instrument. Example: Mahler, Symphony No.1, third movement Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album
The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that plays in the tenor range and below. It is also called Fagott in German, fagotto in Italian, and basson in French. Appearing in its modern form in the 1800s, the bassoon is a part of orchestral, concert band, and chamber music literature.