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History of the Bassoon

Suona, Laba, Zurna

(200 - 450 AD)

The suona, a traditional Chinese double reed instrument (also called laba) that is still being played today, is introduced to the central plains of China. It was initially used in Persia (called the zurna there), central or western Asia, and other Arabian counties. The zurna has it's origins in ancient Egypt. Modern suonas are made of wood and brass. The reed is short and stubby and is sometimes mounted in a circular base against which the lips are placed.