bassoon is a fascinating instrument, particularly for children. Who
does not remember the grandfather's deep humming from the composition
"Peter and the wolf" by Sergej Prokofiev or the indefatigable
brooms from the "Sorcerer's apprentice" by Paul Dukas ?
why is the bassoon rarely heard at music schools ?
minimum age for real bassoon ca. 11-12 y.
- minimum body size needed (bassoon has ca. 1,45 length)
- minimum of power needed, a standard bassoon can weigh up to over 3,5kg
(without bag and accessories, risk of postural deformities)
- tricky assembly of 5 parts (not only for children)
- no intuitive usability
- prone to damage by assembly/disassembly
- finger hole distances too large
- price and maintenance costs are comparably high due to complex design
was to develop an intuitively usable instrument, most of all one that
works and sounds like a "real" large bassoon. In short: fit
in all ways for the needs and actual daily life of small kids.
are the features of a Fagonello ?
playable from ca. 5 years old - intuitive usability, because complicated
assembly is totally eliminated by its one-piece design
- just pull the instrument out of its bag, put the
bocal on plus reed, and start playing, whenever you
weight ca. 1,25 kg (thus 2 to 3 times lighter than a bassoon)
- hangs perfectly balanced in the correct position
in front of the body
- all parameters for the ideal ergonomic position of
wrist joints, fingers, embouchure etc. are there - incorporated into
a new and child-friendly instrument - conforms exactly to the "real" bassoon in regard
to register, pitch, finger positions, blowing pressure, reeds used,
and feel-for-playing - seamless changeover to the large bassoon - Made
of high quality materials
made in Germany
were the alternatives in the past ?
a compromise in handling and sound is offered by the so called quart-
and quint bassoons (pitched in F or G) and octave bassoons (Fagottino)
- size, weight and ergonomics are adapted (quasi shrunken bassoon)
- must be transposed (quart/quint bassoon)
- changeover to standard bassoon is more difficult (quart/quint bassoon)
- after changeover the sound differs from the fingerings (quart/quint
- all scaled down bassoons cannot sound like a proper bassoon
due to their system-limited size and register, above all the Fagottino
(principle: contra bass > violin)
- not really a bass instrument
- still tricky 4 piece design, no intuitive usability