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 (kŏn′trə-bə-so͞on′, -bă-)
The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon. Also called double bassoon.


(Instruments) the largest instrument in the oboe family, pitched an octave below the bassoon; double bassoon
ˌcontrabasˈsoonist n


(ˈkɒn trə bæˈsun, -bə-)

a bassoon larger in size and an octave lower in pitch than the ordinary bassoon; a double bassoon.
[1890–95; contra-2 + bassoon]
con′tra•bas•soon′ist, n.
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Noun1.contrabassoon - the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe familycontrabassoon - the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family
bassoon - a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family


[ˌkɒntrəbəˈsuːn] Ncontrafagot m
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There was a rhapsodic theme for leader Jim Clark, charming solos from oboe and French horn and a lovely creamy contrabassoon melody before the whole came to a splendid conclusion.
Scoring: 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (1 doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, harp, celeste, strings.
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