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". 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.
- 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
- 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.