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The orchestral instruments: The bassoons

The Bare Necessities! The bassoon players of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra play the Baloo's song – and many other tunes – when they showcase their fantastic instruments.

The bassoon has a deep and mellow sound, but also slightly nasal, just like the oboe. Air blown into a bassoon has a long way to travel: in a regular bassoon, it moves two-and-a-half metres before a note can emerge. In a contrabassoon, which is even bigger, the air has to travel five metres! A contrabassoon can play incredibly dark notes, so low that they almost growl.

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • Terry Gilkyson The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book, arr E. Nyström
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, arr Jens-Christoph Lemke
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, arr Jens-Christoph Lemke
  • Jerry Herman The Best of Times from La Cage Aux Folles, arr Mats Nilsson
  • Sergey Prokofiev from Peter and the Wolf, arr arr Jens-Christoph Lemke
  • Igor Stravinsky Berceuse from The Firebird, arr arr Jens-Christoph Lemke
  • Participants

  • The bassoon section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 5 minutes long.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.