Definition of oboe d'amore in English:

oboe d'amore

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Pronunciation: /daˈmɔːreɪ


A type of oboe with a bulbous bell, sounding a minor third lower than the ordinary oboe. It has a soft tone and is used in baroque music.
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  • So the probability exists that Bach actually intended those parts to be played on the oboe d'amore and not on the oboe as indicated.
  • The oboe d'amore (literally: oboe of love), a woodwind instrument, is a somewhat obsolete variant of the far more common oboe.
  • When I bought a new oboe d'amore a few months ago, I found that I knew very little about the reeds.


late 19th century: from Italian, literally 'oboe of love'.

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