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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Daniel Bates on the oboe in Mahler 2

Fri 8 Apr 2016

‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’

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Dan Bates

Oboe

Dan was first invited to play with the OAE for a European tour with Simon Rattle performing Mozart Symphonies.

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Oboe

“Majestical and Stately, and not much Inferior to the Trumpet.” So wrote Henry Playford of the oboe in The Sprightly Companion, an oboe ‘how to’ published in 1695. Handel’s ‘favourite’ instrument, Tomaso Albinoni’s vehicle to fame (listen to his Opus. 7 oboe concertos) and the lucky recipient of some of Vivaldi’s most technical writing (he wrote 17 concertos for oboe and strings), the Baroque oboe is one of the OAE’s glorious instruments.

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