One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘When I bought a new oboe d'amore a few months ago, I found that I knew very little about the reeds.’
- ‘The oboe d'amore (literally: oboe of love), a woodwind instrument, is a somewhat obsolete variant of the far more common oboe.’
Late 19th century: from Italian, literally ‘oboe of love’.
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