Oboe after Johann Christoph Denner
Pitch A = 440 Hz.
Stained boxwood. Two pure silver keys, C and Eflat.
The original instrument
Preserved in Museo Correr, Venice, under the n° 34. Stained boxwood, three brass keys.
pitched short instrument. The bell has four vent holes. Made at the
very beginning of the XVIIIth century, this instrument could have been
played in Venice where the standard pitch was high ; the first Vivaldi
concerti for hautboy were composed at this time.
Johann Christoph Denner, Jacob Denner’s father, was active in Nürnberg during the last decades of the XVIIth century. He is known to have been one of the first in Germany able and allowed to copy the French woodwinds.
Photos by Philippe Roulaud