Modern Instrument Invented
Early to Mid-1600s
- 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!
Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring the Oboe