Contrabassoon meaning

kŏn'trə-bə-so͝on', -bă-
The largest and lowest pitched of the double-reed wind instruments, sounding an octave below the bassoon.
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The double bassoon, larger than the bassoon and an octave lower in pitch.
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(music) A larger version of the bassoon sounding one octave lower, having a technique similar to the bassoon but offers more resistance in every way.
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Origin of contrabassoon

  • Semi-anglicized version of Italian contrafagotto, probably following the model of the English word contrabass (which derives from Italian contrabbasso).
    From Wiktionary