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What does ‘Beethoven’s Contrabassoon’ sound like?

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What kind of instrument do you play when you need “16-feet of sound to go below the bassoons” in your Austrian marching band? In this Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment video, David Chatterton demonstrates his classical contrabassoon, an 1810 version of the woodwind instrument that’s twice as large as a bassoon and goes an octave lower.

With 16-feet of tubing, both the classical and modern contrabassons are “the lowest voice of the woodwind ensemble.” Listen as he plays a sample from Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Fifth Symphony and one very memorable note from The Creation by Joseph Haydn.

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via Laughing Squid.

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