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date: 20 October 2019

Triébert familylocked

  • Philip Bate
  • , revised by Geoffrey Burgess

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French family of woodwind instrument makers. Their work may be said to have established the definitive characteristics of the French-style oboe.

In addition to their various individual improvements in the French oboe, the Triéberts carried out work to the requirements of a number of celebrated players, notably A.M.-R. Barret (who is known to have consulted them closely). In 1855 they produced a version of the Boehm system oboe and made improvements to the French bassoon. (2) Charles-Louis Triébert also compiled fingering charts for oboes with 10 and 15 keys (this being the système 4, which he personally favoured), while (3) Frédéric Triébert compiled others for Boehm-system instruments.

Besides instruments, the Triébert showrooms offered perhaps the most extensive stock of oboe music available on the Continent during the 19th century; the 1866 catalogue shows that it catered specifically for French taste, offering many works available nowhere else, and included chamber works for oboe by Charles-Louis and Frédéric. These works were available in print for about fifty years from the 1840s onwards. Many of the works by Frédéric have been falsely attributed in secondary sources to his more famous brother....

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see Waterhouse-LangwillI
P.T. Young: 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments (London, 1993) [enlarged 2nd edn of Twenty Five Hundred Historical Woodwind Instruments (New York, 1982)]