Instrument Family



Treble Clef

Modern Instrument Invented

Early to Mid-1600s

Fun Facts

  • To play the oboe, musicians blow through a ‘double reed.’ The reeds vibrate against each other and create sound!
  • Most orchestras use the oboe to tune the rest of the instruments before a performance.
  • The other common instrument in the oboe family is the English horn (larger).

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Oboe

Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite Movements 2 & 6, Brahms Symphony No. 1

Watch Columbus Symphony Oboist Robert Royse introduce the oboe!

Hear Columbus Symphony Oboist Bob Royse play an orchestral excerpt!

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