The Piccolo Oboe  is the smallest member of the Oboe Family. Like all the other Oboes in current usage, as far as I’m aware it was first created in the 16th Century. Pictures and more details to come! Please watch this space.

Also known as the Oboe Musette, it is one of the less frequently used Oboes. Pitched in Eb or F above middle C, it’s most commonly found in early 20th Century marching band music, and the occasional rare chamber music ensembles or contemporary compositions.

Despite it’s infrequent usage  however, the Piccolo Oboe/Oboe Musette is (luckily for us!) still in manufacture today, with both the famous Loree and Marigaux companies making and selling models.

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Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a video, or accessible recording yet of the Piccolo Oboe being played. Please comment or contact me if you know of one…

Click here to learn all about The History of the Oboe.

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4 Responses to Piccolo Oboe

  1. Anna says:

    hi Raymond,

    have you solved your problem? If not, I have the following questions for you. Firstly, where do you live? Secondly, are you happy to search internationally (how soon do you need it being the implied question)? I use a supplier (here in Australia) called Ke Xun Ge, if ever I need to purchase.

    The long term answer – I am stating the obvious of course sorry – is to make your own, but I’m guessing from the tone of your question, that isn’t an option right now. Let me know how you get on, and if you need more help. All the best.

  2. Raymond Hoitt says:

    Help, Where do I find reeds and or information for making reeds for a oboe musette

  3. Anna says:

    Brilliant. Thanks Mark. Fabulous. Don’t you love the contemporary pieces for Oboe?!! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂 Anna.

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