The oboe is a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family. In English, prior to 1770, the instrument was called "hautbois", "hoboy", or "French hoboy".[1] The spelling "oboe" was adopted into English ca. 1770 from the Italian oboè, a transliteration in that language's orthography of the 17th-century pronunciation of the French word hautbois, a compound word made of haut ("high, loud") and bois("wood, woodwind"). A musician who plays the oboe is called an oboist. Careful manipulation of embouchure and air pressure allows the player to express timbre and dynamics.


Notable solosEdit

  • Beethoven, Symphony no. 5, I
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4. II
  • Prokofiev. Piano concerto no. 3. I and IIe mvts.
  • Mussorgsky. Tuilieries from Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Varese. Octandre

Trivia Edit

  • The oboe is generally the instrument used to tune an orchestra, with its concert A.
  • In contrast with the clarinet and saxophone, it has a double reed, like the bassoon, which means the reed is used on its own to generate sound.
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