|Agnès LAINÉ||Fanny CUGNET|
The oboe is a double-reed instrument of the woodwind family, the mouthpiece consisting of two thin blades of cane tied together on a small metal tube. The name is a transliteration of the French "hautbois" meaning "high wood", referring to its pitch. It is a conical bore instrument, made usually of ebony, but more specifically of African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), and is generally used in chamber music, orchestras and symphonic bands. Orchestras frequently tune to a concert A (440 Hz) produced by the oboe.