THE ORCHESTRA: A USER'S MANUAL

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OBOES

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

Construction
Range
Articulations
Effects
Extended
Player's Tips and Tricks

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Range

range of the oboe
range of the cor anglais

dynamic range of the oboe
limitations to oboe range
unstable notes on the oboe
super high notes on the oboe

longest possible notes
dynamic shapes

Use the image maps below to hear notes across the range of oboe and cor anglais

The written range of the oboe d'amore is B3-Gb6 (sounding Ab3-Eb6)
The written range of the bass oboe is B3-Gb6 (sounding B2-Gb5)
The written range of the Heckelphone is A3-Gb6 (sounding A2-Gb5)


Select dynamic:
then click note to hear sound played on oboe
(N.B. changes in dynamics may affect timbre as much as apparent volume level)

Some higher notes may occasionally be achieved on the oboe, but are unreliable.
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Select dynamic: then click note to hear sound played on cor anglais

Note that the cor anglais sounds a fifth lower than written

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