This Humongous Instrument Was Made in 1739. When He Plays It 200 Years Later, My Jaw Hit The Floor!

Listen to an instrument created almost 200 years ago. Do you think you could play it?

This crazy long instrument is called a baroque contrabassoon. It’s not the sort of thing you’d see at your kid’s orchestra concert, as it’s a pretty rare instrument.

The contrabassoon featured in this video dates back to 1739. It was famously used during the playing of “Music For The Royal Fireworks,” a piece composed by George Frideric Handel entirely for wind instruments in 1749 to celebrate the end of the Austrian War of Succession.