Saturday Concerts

The Oboe, an Overview

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The origins of the oboe date back to the mid-seventeenth century in France and are linked to military music. From there it would spread through European courts until it became indispensable during the eighteenth century, not only in opera and the battlefields, but in salons and churches and, soon after, in the nascent orchestra. Consolidated as a solo instrument and with a rich chamber-music literature, it evolved during the nineteenth century, when various mechanisms were added to it. This series presents a journey through its history in three stages: the Baroque, Romanticism (logically with a French emphasis) and the twentieth century.

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