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Oboe (Fr. hautbois; Ger. Oboe; It. oboe)locked

  • Janet K. Page,
  • Geoffrey Burgess,
  • Bruce Haynes
  •  and Michael Finkelman

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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...

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