The Bassoon originated from an instrument in the 16th century known as the Dulcian. Unlike today’s Bassoon,the Dulcian was one piece and always made of wood. In the music of the 1800’s, greater demands were made that the Dulcian could not meet, and so the modern Bassoon evolved. The bassoon is a non-transposing instrument known for its distinctive tone colour, wide range, variety of character and agility. Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to that of a male baritone voice.