A rosewood Contrabassoon by Heckel, Biebrich, circa 1900
Branded Heckel, Biebrich, Made in Germany, with crown symbol, overall length 1460mm (57 1/2in) with twenty-two silvered keys, use and wear, in fitted wooden case. (2)
The first score to include a part written separately for the contrabassoon was Beethoven's 5th Symphony (1808), although the instrument was used by earlier composers, such as in Handel's 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' (1749). It was frequently used in the larger symphonies by composers such as Strauss, Mahler and Shostakovich and a clear example of its sound can be found in Paul Dukas' 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.