Instrument Family



Bass Clef

Modern Instrument Invented


Fun Facts

  • To play the bassoon, musicians blow through a double reed. The reeds vibrate against each other and create sound!
  • The bassoon is 4 feet long and is one of the heaviest instruments in the orchestra.
  • To help hold the bassoon in the right place to play, musicians will commonly clip a strap to the bottom of the bassoon, place it across their chair, and sit on it.
  • The other common instrument in the bassoon family is the contrabassoon (larger).

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Bassoon

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Bassoonist Betsy Sturdevant introduce the bassoon!

Hear Columbus Symphony Principal Bassoonist Betsy Sturdevant play an orchestral excerpt!

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