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Introduction Orchestration Orchestration Resources Historical Andrew Hugill
  Philharmonia

OBOES

Section: Woodwind
Transposing?
Oboe: No
Cor Anglais (and others): Yes

Construction
Range
Articulations
Effects
Extended
Player's Tips and Tricks

Links

 

 

Extended techniques

NAME
DESCRIPTION
NOTATION
LISTEN/VIEW
COMMENTS
microtones
intervals smaller than a semitone
notations vary, but the following examples seem typical of quartertones:

and the following typical of raised and lowered inflections:

microtones

Produced by using 'fake' fingerings and/or adjusting the embouchure.

multiphonics

playing chords
write the bottom note of the chord and the word 'chord' above, or specify fingerings

multiphonics (oboe)
multiphonics (cor anglais)

There are many multiphonics on both oboe and cor anglais. However, instruments and players vary in the multiphonics they can find.
key clicks
rattling instrument keys

x-shaped noteheads and verbal instruction

key clicks (oboe)
key clicks (cor anglais)
Not particularly loud.
air notes
blowing air through the instrument without deliberately sounding a pitch
verbal instruction
air notes (oboe)
air notes (cor anglais)
Very quiet.
circular breathing
sustaining a note while breathing in through the nose
verbal instruction
circular breathing Although this is easier on double reed instruments than most others, it should be regarded as an unusual technique and players should be consulted before it is used!