Answers for Woodwind Questions

1. Name the four woodwind families found in the typical symphony orchestra and indicate whether each family consists of single-reed double-reed, or non-reed instruments.

Flutes non-reed
Oboes double-reed
Clarinets single-reed
Bassoons double-reed


2. Match the woodwind instrument with its English name.

Cor Anglais English Horn
Ottavino Piccolo
Fagott Bassoon
Flauto Flute
Hautbois Oboe

3. Indicate whether each instrument is more comfortable playing softer or louder on lower notes.

Bassoon louder
Flute softer
Oboe louder
Piccolo softer

For further orchestrational study of woodwind instruments, see:

Adler, Samuel. The Study of Orchestration. 3rd edition. W. W. Norton & Co.,

Specific study: Chapters 6, 7, & 8

Kennan, Kent and Donald Grantham. The Technique of Orchestration. 6th edition. Prentice Hall, 2002.

Specific study: Chapters 5 & 6