AUDIO
  • Bassoon sonata - 1st mvt.
  • Bassoon sonata - 3rd mvt.
  • "Rite of Spring" 1a Introduction
  • September Melody
  • Magic Box
  • Winter Soliloquy

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Range

The bassoon has a range from Bb1 – Eb5 (F5).

 

Lower register
Bb1 – F2

Middle register
F#2 – Bb3

Upper register
B3 – Eb5 (F5)

The original Almenraeder bassoon could go as high as Ab5. On modern instruments E5 and F5 cannot be played without considerable effort. Experienced players can play even higher pitches, which are no longer asked for in the orchestra.