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Oboe in soundtracks!

Hi! Today we will talk about oboe in soundtracks.

As we know the Oboe sound characteristics can be described as:

Clear, bright, penetrating, acerbic, keen, biting, rasping, reedy, powerful, robust, full, insistent.

The sound quality of the oboe is very versatile and ranges from the thick notes in the low register to the thin and piercing high notes. The break between one register and the next covers roughly a minor third.

The middle register is the region most often used.

The oboe’s acerbic timbre can lend even a tutti passage special color. The French oboe has a sound which is more conspicuously audible in the overall orchestral sound, whereas the Viennese oboe tends to blend in more easily.

In spite of all this, the Oboe can be used in soundtracks especially as a solist instrument.

Below you can find good examples!

  • Born on the Fourth of July theme

  • The theme “Across the Stars” from the John Williams score to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Hans Zimmer – Honor (For Oboe And Strings) (THE PACIFIC SOUNDTRACK)

Eli Lira

pianist and professor