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Oboe d'amore

The oboe d'amore (pronounced ; Italian for "oboe of love"), less commonly hautbois d'amour, is a double reed woodwind musical instrument in the oboe family. Slightly larger than the oboe, it has a less assertive and a more tranquil and serene tone, and is considered the mezzo-soprano of the oboe family, between the oboe (soprano) and the cor anglais, or English horn (alto). It is a transposing instrument, sounding a minor third lower than it is notated, i.e. in A. The bell is pear-shaped and the instrument uses a bocal, similar to the larger cor anglais, whose bocal is larger.

Invention and use

The oboe d'amore was invented in the eighteenth century and was first used by

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Modern makers of oboes d'amore include Howarth of London (instruments in African Blackwood or Cocobolo wood), F. Lorée in Paris (instruments in African Blackwood or Violetwood) and others such as French makers Rigoutat, Fossati and Marigaux, Italian maker Bulgheroni (who offer instruments in Grenadilla, Violetwood, Cocobolo, Rosewood, Palisander, and Cocus wood), and German maker Püchner. New instruments cost approximately £6,500 at 2014 prices (roughly $9,600 US), comparable to the cost of a new cor anglais. This cost, coupled with the limited call for the instrument, leads many oboists not to possess their own oboe d'amore, but to rent one when their work dictates the need. For the same reason, however, second-hand oboes d'amore surface from time to time with very little wear (and yet with very little reduction in price over a new instrument).

Modern instruments

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