Stansell’s Bandsmen #3: The Bassoon

#MakeMusicNotWar. This is the 3rd in a series on some of the roles of British army bandsmen as illustrated by Frederick Stansell c.1900 in the book “Bands of the British Army” by W.J. Gordon.

No.3: Bassoon- The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

“The bassoon came from Italy, invented by Alfranio di Ferrara in 1540, and was first put into the orchestra by (Jean-Baptiste) Lully in 1634. It is a wooden instrument with a metal mouthpiece leading into the narrow compass of three octaves and is really a development of the drone of the bagpipe.”

W.J. Gordon

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