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tenor oboe


The tenor member of the oboe family of instruments. This instrument was relatively common in the 17th century and early 18th century Baroque orchestrasComposers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, and Jean Baptiste Lully wrote for these instruments. The tenor oboe is not used today except in orchestras using period instruments. It evolved over time into the English horn which is used today. The tenor oboe is pitched in the key of F and its range is typically from F3 to G5 spanning just over two octaves. The early instruments had two keys and six finger holes. It has a very sweet low sound and is similar in shape and sound to the modern English horn.

See Also

[French] taille de hautbois (m)


Last Updated: 2013-02-14 19:36:23