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Bassoon and Reeds for Sale: This Instrument's Got Moods!
Alright, I may be starting off with a reference to a cartoon, but I can't resist! Have you seen the episode of Family Guy where Stewie takes a job following fat people around with a tuba? A Bassoon is capable of a sound that would have done that scene even more justice! (That was for those of you who don't known anything about the bassoon just yet and stumbled on the 'Bassoon and Reeds for Sale' ad by accident!)
Now, for a more appropriate reference for those who love the bassoon;
Prof. Harold Hill knew all about bassoons in The Music Man’s lively march, “Seventy-Six Trombones”: “Each bassoon having its big, fat, say!”
Bassoons can have a “big, fat say,” but they can also sound light and happy or dark and creepy. Who’d think the same funny-looking instrument could have such a range of sounds?
A woodwind instrument in the double reed family, the bassoon has been around in several forms for several hundred years. The bassoon typically plays music written in the bass and tenor registers, and occasionally higher, but tends to play on the lower side. There’s even a bigger instrument known as a double bassoon, or contrabassoon, that’s an octave lower than a regular bassoon. Now that’s some basso profoundo sound!
Bassoons are most often found in orchestras, concert bands and chamber ensembles. Listeners frequently compare its sound to that of a male baritone voice. Many people would recognize a bassoon as the instrument that plays the Grandfather’s theme from Tchaichovosky’s Peter and the Wolf.
The bassoon is not an easy instrument to learn to play, and it’s not unusual to see advertisements for “bassoon and reeds for sale” from some discouraged soul who has failed at the double-reed instrument. Those who master the bassoon, however, will find themselves an indispensable part of many musicial ensembles.
A wind ensemble may include two bassoons and sometimes a contrabassoon, and each will have independent parts. Larger concert wind ensembles will have bigger sections with several musicians playing first and second parts. The bassoon’s role in a wind ensemble is to anchor the bass line, although in large groups it may be difficult to hear about the brass instruments also in its range. The bassoon also joins flute, clarinet, oboe and horn in a standard wind quintet, and it can be combined in various other ways with woodwinds.
Sometimes the bassoon has a decidedly comic role to play, such as in Peter Schickele's "Last Tango in Bayreuth" based on musicial themes from the opera Tristan and Iseult. Schickele's fictional alter ego P. D. Q. Bach plays up the bassoon’s comical qualities with his quartet "Lip My Reeds, "which at one point calls for players to perform only their instruments’ reeds.
The bassoon doesn’t make it frequently into jazz music – possibly one of the other reasons for that “bassoon and reeds for sale” ad – but it has been used with great effect in some popular music from the 1960s. Listeners may catch the bassoon’s contributions to The Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Jennifer Juniper by Donovan, 59th Street Bridge Song by Harpers Bizarre, and certainly can hear the oompah bassoon underlying The New Vaudeville Band's Winchester Cathedral.
These days, however, the bassoon’s distinctive voice can be found in background music for cartoons and advertisments. (I guess that opening Family Guy reference wasn't so off after all, huh!) With its range from a light happiness to a creepy darkness, and other warm, reedy sounds in between, the bassoon is a unique instruction that can produce many different musical moods!