Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Bassoon, 1881
    Giosue Esposito, Naples
    Maple, nickel–silver
    Overall H. 51 3/4 in. (131.5 cm), box: 4 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (10.8 x 21.2 x 55.5 cm)
    Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 2003 (2003.150a–g)

    A revolutionizing model of basson, with twenty-four nickel-silver keys, was developed by the bassoonist Luigi Caccavaio in Naples. Its novelty concerns all major aspects of the instrument: bore, length of the wooden sections, and the key system which incorporates elements of the Boehm system. The Caccavaio-Esposito model was too different from the mainstream bassoons to be adoptable by bassoonists.

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  • Bassoon, 1881
    Giosue Esposito, Naples
    Maple, nickel-silver
    Overall H. 51 3/4 in. (131.5 cm), box: 4 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (10.8 x 21.2 x 55.5 cm)
    Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 2003 (2003.150a–g)


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