The hautboy continued to evolve, and the next general form was the Type D2, the classical model, which served as the base to which a key-system was eventually applied in the 1820s. The 19th century will be an interesting challenge for historians of the oboe. To understand it better (and its direct precursor, the classical period) will be to gain deeper insight into the nature of both the period before and the one that followed; the Romantic oboe was created in reaction to the principles of the 18th century, a kind of “negative image” of the hautboy. And of course it acted as the root of what was to become the ideal wood instrument of the 20th century. The evolution of the hautboy represented a series of brilliant responses to the demands of one of the more dynamic phases in the history of Western music.
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