I am not an Oboe

Most people are able to tell the difference between a saxophone and a clarinet (save for those rare individuals who call a Soprano Saxophone a metal clarinet or a Bass Clarinet a wooden saxophone), but the number of people who confuse bassoons and oboes is strikingly high.  Perhaps this is because the oboe family doesn’t descend into the bass register or the bassoon family ascend into the soprano.  Yet, the two instruments are fundamentally different. Continue reading “I am not an Oboe”

A Case for the Bass Oboe

I’ve been thinking about the oboe family a lot lately.  I made a realization about it recently.  Actually, several realizations.

Number one: the Oboe itself has the smallest usable range of any woodwind instrument at only an two-and-a-half octaves.  All other woodwinds have a minimum of three octaves (Bassoon and clarinets have at least three-and-a-half).  But not the oboe.

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