Notation and sound generation of the Oboe - Philipp Dangas

Notation and sound generation of the Oboe

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Sheet music for the range of the oboe in a small representationg

The oboe is a conical, non-transposing (identical in sound and notation) woodwind instrument with a double reed. The basic scale of the oboe is D major and ranges from d1 to c sharp2 with the chromatic intermediate tones. The French oboe has 4 additional keys to produce the semitones b (a sharp), b, c1 and c sharp1 below d1. The old German oboe only has the corresponding keys for the tones h, c1 and c1 sharp.

The oboe, as a conical reed instrument, “overblows” by an octave. Flageolets can be created by overblowing and using the octave key. For normal use of the oboe in an orchestra, the top limit of the scale is f3. The overall tuning of the oboe can be changed slightly by moving the metal rod. The oboe is notated in the treble clef according to the actual sound of the notes, i.e. not transposing.

Expressive sound sample of the oboe [Music by Ludwig van Beethoven]
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The playing techniques and playing effects on the oboe
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