The Wiener oboe that survived an existential crisis
It is said that only around 200 players and students around the world play the Wiener oboe. Performers in the areas surrounding Vienna had inherited the instrument's tones, but the local instrument makers had not produced any successors, and so the instrument faced an existential crisis around the 1970s. There would be a problem if there was nobody to make the instruments, even if there were players. Thus, Yamaha accepted a request and commenced research and development. At first, it started by copying instruments tattered from use, but making instruments that were exactly the same as this could not produce anything better. After considerable trial-and-error, a model of instrument now used throughout the professional world was completed, and Yamaha was conferred with a local letter of thanks commending it for its successes, including this one and those in the area of brass instruments. Yamaha's Wiener oboe is on display at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's Concert, so definitely look for it if you ever have the chance to attend.
Musical Instrument Guide:Oboe Contents
How to Play
How the Instrument is Made
Choosing an Instrument
- Why does the oboe lead the orchestra in tuning?
- Do the reeds have a front and a back?
- The keys recoil via springs!
- This is how the oboe and the cor anglais differ
- The charumera was the oboe's cousin
- You can reduce time spent breathing using circular-breathing techniques?
- The Wiener oboe that survived an existential crisis
- Oboe masterpieces: concertos
- Oboe masterpieces: chamber music
- What is the alto oboe?
- The heckelphone, which resembles the oboe
- The oboe is the bassoon's cousin