Belonging to the family of woodwind instruments, plays an important role in the symphony orchestra as it is from it that all other instruments are tuned.
The oboe has at one end two blades made of wood in which the musician blows. That is characterized as a double-reed instrument.
The ancient oboe was made of wood and had eight holes, two of them operated by a key. As the transverse flute more keys were being added to increase the amount of notes and improve their pitch. Currently the oboe has more than 20 keys, and continues to be made of wood.
Baroque oboe built by Thomas Collier (London), 1770
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