The Bassoon is near and dear to my heart because my mom played. When I was in high school, my whole family joined the community band. It was the only time I got to see my mom play bassoon but it was a memory I will have forever. The bassoon is a double reed instrument in the woodwind family. It can be used in bands, orchestras and chamber music. The bassoon has a baritone sound, similar to a man's voice.
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The bassoon contains 6 main pieces put together and is made of maple. The pieces include the reed, the bocal, the wing joint, the boot, the bass joint and the bell. The bassoon has 16 keys and spans a 4 octave range.
The most common basson is the German Heckel model. This modern day bassoon was designed in large part by performer, teacher and composer Carl Almenräder. In 1831, Almenrader started a factory with Johann Adam Heckel who continued to refine the bassoon. These became the standard instrument used.
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