Definition of oboe
: a double-reed woodwind instrument having a conical tube, a brilliant penetrating tone, and a usual range from B flat below middle C upward for over 21⁄2 octaves
oboistplay \ˈō-(ˌ)bō-ist\ noun
Recent Examples of oboe from the Web
In Sibelius’ symphony, the plaintive oboe solos by Sarah Skuster, clear flute work by Rose Lombardo, the resonant bassoon playing by Valentin Martchev and Ryan Simmons, the bright trumpet of Micah Wilkinson, the precise timpani of Ryan DiLisi?
The local band performs with members Anna Luther on flute, Heidi Dewally on oboe and English horn, Donna Noyes on clarinet, Monica Schwartz on bassoon and Rich Roberts on horn.
Additionally, extended passages for oboe, bassoon and viola da gamba gave diverse shades of color.
Over the course of the 12-minute work, there are radiant brass chorales, luscious strings and a consoling melody intoned by single oboe, then a flute.
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe and recorders; Tatiana Daubek, violin; Beiliang Zhu, cello; and Avi Stein, harpsichord.
At one point, a passionate cello solo becomes a duet with an oboe, which then gets a layer of enigmatic percussion before the other strings come in, as gently lyrical as any Mahler slow movement.
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OBOE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oboe for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube and that is played by blowing into a small, thin piece at the top of the tube
OBOE Defined for Kids
Definition of oboe for Students
: a woodwind instrument with two reeds that is pitched higher than the bassoon and has a distinctive bright sound
History for oboe
The oboe, the English horn, and the bassoon belong to the same group of woodwind instruments. Of the three the oboe has the highest pitch. The English word oboe comes from the Italian name of the instrument, oboe, which in turn comes from the oboe's French name, hautbois. The word hautbois is a compound made up of haut, “high, loud,” and bois, “wood.”
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