10 curiosities about oboes, oboists and reeds.

We want to start the week very well and for that, we have left you an interesting post with some curiosities about oboes, oboists and of course oboe reeds. Tell us what you think!

  1. The origin of the Oboe dates back to 3000 a. C. The civilization is unknown, but it is considered that they could have been invented by Sumerians, Babylonians and / or Assyrians, since in this geographical area appeared a great diversity of oboes known by the generic name of abud.
  1. In 2017 the oboe was declared the instrument of the year by the Berliner Philharmoniker.
  1. The word “Oboe” comes from a French word Hautbois (pronounced HOE-boy) which translates as “tall / hight wood” or “strong wood”.
  1. It is said of the oboists that their professional life consists of approximately 80% in the creation or modification of reeds and 20% in giving concerts and classes. The worst of all is that not all the reeds work for them: /
  1. The oboe family is composed of the ordinary oboe (soprano), the oboe d’amore (mezzo-soprano) and the English horn (contralto) bringing to these instruments interesting affinities with the human voice.
  1. The qualities that a good oboe reed must have to facilitate a better sound are: flexibility of tuning, security in the emission and a good sound.
  1. The world’s fastest oboist, Jack Cozen Harel, played Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee in 26.1 seconds and he is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest oboist. That’s 409 notes in 26.1 seconds, which is over 15 notes per second.
  1. Despite having much earlier origins, the oboe joins the orchestra between 1650 and 1660 under the reign of Louis XIV in France.
  1. Before beginning a concert, the musicians of the orchestra take the oboe “A” as a tuning reference.
  1. The oboe is traditionally made with black African wood. With granadilla and also with ebony.

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