Important people in oboe history

contributions to technique and tradition contributions to instrument design and manufacture associated repertoire/texts

Hotteterre
late 1600’s
France

Philidor
late 1600’s
France

Chedeville
late 1600’s
France

Families of musicians in employ of Louis XIV, thought to have developed the earliest true jointed oboes.

Besozzi
1700’s
Italy

Sammartini
1700’s
Italy

Loeillet
1700’s
Belgium

Notable families of 18th-century oboists.
François Sallantin
1755-1830
France
Important pedagogue. Known especially for teaching Vogt. Responsible for adding keys to improve C and F#; explained in Vogt’s tutor. Dedicatee of Vogt Concerto.
Gustave Vogt
1781-1870
France
Important pedagogue. Leading oboe soloist of his day; also an orchestral musician. Student of Sallantin at Paris Cons. Later (1816-1853) taught there; students included Brod, Barret, Triebert, and Verroust.
Josef Sellner
1787-1843
Austria
Important pedagogue. Active in development of the Viennese 13-key oboe, which would have been used in Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Important 1825 tutor.
Henri Brod
1799-1839
Paris
Student of Vogt, and colleague in the Opera orchestra. Probably first to add octave keys; extended range to low B; championed a straight English horn.
Guillaume, Charles, and Frederic Triebert
Early 1800’s
France
Father Guillaume, sons Charles and Frederic. Regarded as the finest oboe makers of their day; employed Francois Lorée as foreman.
Apollon Marie-Rose Barret
c1803-1879
France
Important pedagogue. Consultant to Triebert on oboe design. Best known for his Complete Method (1862).
Francois Lorée
1835-1902
France
Oboe maker. Founded own workshop 1881 after working for Triebert as shop foreman. Made instruments favored by Gillet, who helped to develop the modern “conservatoire” oboe.
Georges Gillet
1854-1920
France
Important pedagogue. Orchestral player. 1881 became youngest-ever professor at Paris Conservatory. Taught Bas, Bleuzet, Tabuteau, and his nephew Fernand. Established Triebert A6 as Conservatory-approved oboe model. Wrote etudes.
Fritz Flemming
1872-1947
Germany
Noted for being the first to play a French oboe in a German orchestra; this instrument was preferred by conductor Richard Strauss.
Marcel Tabuteau
1887-1966
France, USA
Studied with Gillet at Paris Conservatory. 1905 joined New York Symphony Orchestra; 1908-1914 Met Opera; 1915-1954 Philadelphia Orchestra.
From 1924 taught at Curtis Institute; passed on distinctive tone quality and style which influenced a generation of major American oboists.
Leon Goossens
1897-1988
England
Founder of the modern British school of oboe playing. Known for sweet tone and for pioneering vibrato as an essential part of modern oboe sound. A car accident damaged his teeth and lips; he painstakingly rebuilt his technique and continued his career. Many works written for him, esp. by British composers: Vaughan Williams Concerto in A minor, Boughton Concerto No. 2, Britten Phantasy Quartet, Eugène Goossens Concerto, Cooke Sonata
John Mack
1927-2006
USA
Student of Gombert, Labate, and Tabuteau. 1925-2007 principal oboist of Cleveland Orchestra. Taught at Cleveland Institute of Music and Juilliard School. Zwilich Oboe Concerto composed for his 25th anniversary with the Cleveland Orch.
Heinz Holliger
1939-
Switzerland
Oboist, conductor and composer. Known for ability to move convincingly between style periods. Dedicatee of Berio Sequenza VII (1969), Carter Concerto (1987), Henze Double Concerto (oboe/harp, 1966), Krenek Vier Stucke (1966), Lutosławski Concerto (oboe/harp, 1980), Martin Three Dances (oboe/harp, 1970), Penderecki Capriccio (1965), Pousseur Caractères madrigalesques (1966), Stockhausen Spiral (1968), Veress Passacaglia Concertante (1961), Yun, and more.

Yusef Lateef
1920-
USA

Bob Cooper
1925-1993
USA

Rahsaan Roland Kirk
1935-1977
USA

Paul McCandless
1947-
USA

Notable jazz oboists.

Robert Bloom
1908-1984
USA

Joseph Marx
1913-1978
USA

Robert Sprenkle
1914-1988
USA

Harold Gomberg
1916-1985
USA

Ray Still
1920-
USA

John de Lancie
1921-2002
USA

Richard Woodhams
1949-
USA

Alex Klein
1964-
Brazil, USA

Humbert Lucarelli
?-
USA

Joseph Robinson
?-
USA

Prominent 20th-century American oboists.

Categories: