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The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time  

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The bassoon is a mysterious instrument. Though not the most recognizable instrument in an orchestra, it does have a distinct look and is vitally important in many pieces. A member of the woodwind family, the bassoon has an incredibly rich and unique sound. Remember the story “Peter and the Wolf?” The bassoon played a large role in the piece "Peter and the Wolf," providing a somewhat subtle, mysterious sound. Who are the greatest bassoonists of all time?
 
This list features the greatest bassoonists in history. These musicians were truly masters of their craft and had an extreme influence on the art of playing the bassoon. The bassoonists on this list have been ranked by the community's votes, and represent the most talented musicians to have ever picked up the bassoon.
 
Vote up the best bassoonists of all time on the list below, or add the bassoonists you think are truly the greatest if they aren't already listed.
list ordered by
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Klaus Thunemann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Klaus Thunemann Classical
2
Milan Turković is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Milan Turković Classical
3
Maurice Allard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
4
Per Hannevold is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
5
Stefan Schweigert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
AbrahamAbutineh added Stefan Schweigert
6
Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world
7
Sol Schoenbach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added
8
Carl Almenräder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz; modern
9
William Waterhouse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
10
Simon Kovar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world; jazz
11
Bernard Garfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
12
Archie Camden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Opera; classical
13
Peter Schickele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
14
Jeff La Marca is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
bassoonman added Jeff La Marca
15
Sherman Walt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
16
Martin Gatt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; contemporary
17
Roger Birnstingl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
18
Arthur Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical
19
Julie Price is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
jules_ali added Julie Price Classical
20
Christopher Millard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added Christopher Millard
21
Steve Marsden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; ballet; modern
22
Frank Tiberi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz; modern; contemporary
23
Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
24
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music
25
John Jorgenson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Rock music, Gypsy jazz, Country