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  • n. An instrument in the oboe family, pitched in A below middle C.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. are names of obsolete modifications of the oboe, often found in the scores of Bach and Handel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oboe pitched a minor third lower than the ordinary oboe; used to perform baroque music


From Italian oboe d’amore, literally “oboe of love”. (Wiktionary)


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  • While the oboe d'amore is often specified in baroque music, the well-known double concerto for oboe and violin by J S Bach was specifically written for the oboe d'amore. Much modern music has been written for the combination of soprano oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais (pitched a fifth below the soprano oboe), and either bass oboe or bassoon see tweets from @alingrt and @ReedsandTools.

    August 24, 2012