from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon. Also called double bassoon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A larger version of the bassoon sounding one octave lower, having a technique similar to the bassoon but offers more resistance in every way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family
You can also hear that the contrabassoon is more difficult to play, even in the hands of a top player like Lipnick.
“The contrabassoon is more resistant and you have to do more to make it work,” Lipnick says.
Lewis Lipnick, the contrabassoonist of the NSO, plays Schulhoff's piece on the contrabassoon, the instrument he has been playing for more than 40 years:
“The spark of divinity can be present in a liverwurst just as well as in a contrabassoon,” he wrote in his preface to the work.
At first hearing, the similarities between the contraforte and the contrabassoon are evident: both instruments hang out in the dark, lowest register of the double-reed universe.
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) wrote “Bass Nightingale” for the contrabassoon as a deliberate provocation to so-called aesthetes.
Dee: I don't mean to question your analysis, Commander, but it has normal brown eyes and was not an instant virtuoso on the contrabassoon.
(Soundbite of music) LUNDEN: Mehldau has stretched his sonic palette on "Highway Rider" to include a chamber orchestra with strings, horns and contrabassoon.
That usually refers to works that go to the extremes of the orchestra, beyond the meat-and-potatoes of strings and winds and brass: a stroke of harp, a shimmer of cymbal, the mellow birdcall of an oboe d'amore or the flatulence of a contrabassoon.
Which is probably why there are a lot of people who can play piano and not that many the contrabassoon and double bass.
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