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The Eloquent OboeA History of the Hautboy from 1640 to 1760$
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Bruce Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337259.001.0001

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Bach and the Hautboy

Bach and the Hautboy

(p.360) 6 Bach and the Hautboy
The Eloquent Oboe

Bruce Haynes

Oxford University Press

Johann Sebastian Bach gave the hautboy more solos in his vocal works than any other instrument. There are 216 surviving obbligatos for treble hautboy, hautbois d'amour, and oboe da caccia. Solos for violin, the nearest contender, number ninety-two; for traverso, twenty-nine. Chamber music is a different story, where it seems some works have been lost. In any case, it is clear that the hautboy was one of the most important elements in Bach's instrumentarium. If the hautboy was important to Bach, the converse is also true. The hautboy's repertoire includes more solos by Bach than by any other composer. It hardly needs to be said that this music is of consistently high quality, making it the largest single body of important compositions for the instrument that survives. This chapter looks at the use of hautboys at Weimar, Cöthen, and Leipzig, Germany; Bach's musical relationship with hautboy player Caspar Gleditsch; larger sizes of hautboy; special problems involving pitch; and the lost hautboy repertoire.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, hautboy, Germany, Caspar Gleditsch, pitch, solos, chamber music, violin, traverso

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