Basset Horn Definition

A tenor clarinet, pitched in F, having a wider bell and greater range than a standard clarinet.
American Heritage
A kind of clarinet pitched in F and ending in a brass bell: its range lies between those of the common clarinet and the bass clarinet.
Webster's New World

An alto instrument of the clarinet family, pitched in F below middle C, with a range reaching down to F below that.


Origin of Basset Horn

  • Partial translation of German Bassetthorn Bassett type of low-pitched string instrument (ultimately from Italian basso low basso) Horn horn (from the resemblance of early crescent-shaped models to hunting horns)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Bassetthorn, translation of French cor de bassette, from Italian corno di bassetto.

    From Wiktionary

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