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'Clowns of Orchestra' Descend on New York

Bassoons have been called the clown of the orchestra, an ill wind, and even a burping bedpost.  It seems the one-and-a-quarter meter tall wooden tubes get no respect.  Except, perhaps, at the annual meeting of the IDRS - the International Double Reed Society. Hundreds of professional, amateur and student bassoonists joined their brethren - oboe, English horn and contra-bassoon players - at New York University for their 43rd annual convention. Most people don't...

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