Oboe (Fr. hautbois; Ger. Oboe; It. oboe)
- Janet K. Page,
- Geoffrey Burgess,
- Bruce Haynes
- and Michael Finkelman
Generic term in the system of Hornbostel and Sachs for an aerophone with a double (concussion) reed (for detailed classification see Aerophone). The name is taken from that of the principal treble double-reed instrument of Western art music (see §II below).
The Aulos of ancient Greece may sometimes have had a double reed, and some kind of reed aerophone was known in North Africa in pre-Islamic times. Instruments of the...