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  1. oboe da caccia(noun)

    an alto oboe; precursor of the English horn

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  1. Oboe da caccia

    The oboe da caccia is a double reed woodwind instrument in the oboe family, pitched a fifth below the oboe and used primarily in the Baroque period of European classical music. It has a curved tube and a brass bell, unusual for an oboe. Its range is close to that of the cor anglais—that is, from the F below middle C to the G above the treble staff. The oboe da caccia is thus a transposing instrument in F. The notated range is identical to that of the soprano baroque oboe, and with a good reed, all registers speak very easily. Johann Sebastian Bach tended to favor the middle and lowest registers, however, perhaps because they are the most characteristic ones for this instrument.

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