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  • n. Plural form of hautboy.


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  • The music of viols and hautboys and horns transported me out of the box where I was a little girl in a dirty dress and into that scene so completely, I thought I was dreaming.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Then fared forward to the fight each renowned knight, and the hosts clashed together in their might, whilst the earth for all its wideness was straitened because of the multitude of the cavaliers and ears were deafened by drums and cymbals beating and pipes and hautboys sounding and trumpets blaring and by the thunder of horse-tramp and the shouting of men.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The trumpets, fifes, hautboys, drums, and cannon made such harmony as never was heard in hell itself.


  • I wonder (added he) what sort of sonata we are to expect from this overture, in which the devil, that presides over horrid sounds, hath given us such variations of discord — The trampling of porters, the creaking and crashing of trunks, the snarling of curs, the scolding of women, the squeaking and squalling of fiddles and hautboys out of tune, the bouncing of the

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • The Lords rise from table, with much adoring of Timon; and to show their loves, each singles out an Amazon, and all dance, men with women, a lofty strain or two to the hautboys, and cease

    The Life of Timon of Athens

  • These are of the wood kind; very grateful, and of a good flavour; but the scarlets and hautboys are not known at Nice.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Sir Richard Levinge and I got discreetly to the head of the second table, to avoid the crowd at the first: but it was so cold, and so confounded a noise with the trumpets and hautboys, that I grew weary, and stole away before the second course came on; so I can give you no account of it, which is a thousand pities.

    The Journal to Stella

  • What hautboys and Zamora bagpipes we shall hear, what tabors, timbrels, and rebecks!

    Don Quixote

  • I wonder they got all those hautboys and base viols up here.

    In the Garden of Iden

  • Instead of nuptial torches we have funeral tapers; in the place of songs of joy, we have sighs and groans; for clarions and hautboys, the tolling of the sad and dismal bell.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles


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