Soprano bassoon (fagottino)

about 1700
Johann Christoph Denner (German, 1655–1707)

Object Place: Nuremberg, Germany


Length 63.6 cm (25 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



Baritone in C. The lowest tone is B-flat. Three keys. Boxwood, stained light yellowish-brown; brass tips. Made in five parts; brass crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. The bore is conoidal up to the bell; the bore of the bell is an inverted, conoid narrowing toward the orifice. Six finger-holes in the front; two thumb-holes in the rear. Three square brass keys (open): B-flat, d, and f’; mounted on knobs. The bell and the body-joint are richly molded.


Stamped on long and butt sections: [in scroll: I.C. DENNER] / D


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection