contrabassoon


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contrabassoon,

large, deep-toned instrument of the oboe family, also called double bassoon. Its tube, over 16 ft (5 m) long, is doubled upon itself four times. It was first made by Hans Schreiber of Berlin in 1620. Handel, Haydn, and Beethoven used it for special effects, but it was characterized by faulty intonation until a German, Wilhelm Heckel, in the late 19th cent. made the type generally used today.

Contrabassoon

 

a wind musical instrument; a variety of the bassoon with a lower pitch. The instrument was created in the early 17th century by the German master craftsman H. Schreiber and perfected in the early 20th century by the German designer J. A. Heckel. Its tube is nearly 5 m long, and its com-pass is Cl-f. The contrabassoon is used in symphony orchestras and wind ensembles.

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Falling Down was commissioned from John Woolrich specifically for Margaret by the Grimmitt Trust, and is one of only a handful of concertos written for the contrabassoon.
Falling Down was commissioned from John Woolrich specifically for Margaret by the Grimmitt Trust and is one of only a handful of concertos written for the contrabassoon.
The Index was a remarkable monument to Langwill's lifelong interest in the subject and had its origins in his researches into the history of the bassoon (which itself culminated in The bassoon and contrabassoon (1965), the first full-length study devoted to the instrument in any language).
dissatisfied with the contrabassoon as they knew it.
Vivaldi wrote several (but so he did for virtually every instrument in existence), Mozart (the greatest, though he probably dashed it off with scarcely a thought), Weber, not many others - though John Woolrich's Falling Down for contrabassoon is a wonderful very recent addition to the repertoire.
Also, to maximize the effect of the lion's roar in "Straight Opening Her Fertile Womb," Brown follows the sources that add both bassoons and bass trombone to the first edition's scoring for contrabassoon, first and second trombones, and strings.
32) Works such as "Dutch" Suite in G Major (1977) for bassoon and tuba, and "Safe" Sextet (1989) for piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, harp, and celesta use combinations of instruments that are not traditional, and employ extremes in pitch ranges.
He also gave the American West Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and crossover pioneer Gunther Schuller's Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra, one of only a handful of concertos written for the contra.
Hough, whose blogging threatens to be almost as stimulating as his pianoplaying, also had some striking observations on one of his favourite paintings of Christ - The Man of Sorrows, by Petrus Christus, which he popped in to see at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery while rehearsing at Symphony Hall (Hough is also a composer, and his other reason for being in Birmingham last week was that his trio for piccolo, contrabassoon and piano was premiered at the International Double Reed Society's annual conference).
Fast Walk, for 3 Bassoons and Contrabassoon (Quartet or Ensemble).