The BASSOON appeared in the 1600’s. The body is wooden and would stretch to 8 feet long if it wasn't doubled up so that the player can reach all the keys. The longer the instrument's body or tubing, the lower the sound. The bassoon plays in the tenor and bass range...very low. A thin, metal tube, or bocal, connects the body of the instrument to the double reed...two pieces of reed that are trimmed carefully and tied together to make the mouthpiece.
Air blown through this double reed causes the reeds to vibrate to produce the tone in the same way as the oboe and English horn. Some people consider the distinctive bassoon sound to be the "comedian" or "clown" of the orchestra.
Digital downloads of each pattern purchased consist of seven pages (8.5 x 11 inches), including four pages which when trimmed and taped together make the full-size (15 inches square) pattern master for doing the applique or embroidery method of your choosing. The download is in Adobe PDF format and you will need the free Adobe Reader software to print the pages.