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Description of the Oboe
Definition and description of the
Oboe: The Oboe can be described as a slender double-reed instrument; a
woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece also referred
to as an hautbois or hautboy. One of the
higher wind instruments in the modern orchestra, yet of great antiquity,
having a penetrating pastoral quality of tone, somewhat like the
clarinet in form, but more slender, and sounded by means of a double
reed. A woodwind instrument formerly much in use it had evolved from the
Shawm into the hautboy and then the oboe.
Family of Instruments: The
Oboe belongs to the family of
Medieval Musical Instruments
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Oboe, would be used by the musicians
of the period including the Waits,
Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and
percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas
referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume,
not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which
included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other
plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments
(literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were
suitable for outdoors which included the shawm,
sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Oboe.
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