Orchestration: Double Reeds

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Justin P. Tokke
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These are the double reeds.


English Horn

The horn



Other Double Reeds

Apart from the four mentioned above, there are other double reeds that are used occasionally.

Oboe d'Amore

The "Oboe of Love" is a relative of the Oboe. It is in A and adds a couple semitones of range to the bottom of the range. It's significant use is with its unique timbre.

Heckelphone/Baritone Oboe

The Heckelphone and Baritone Oboe are essentially the same instrument called by different names and have slightly different physical attributes. The range and tone quality, however, is essentially identical and thus are usually considered interchangeable.

Quint and Quart Bassoon

These is a small bassoons, a fifth and fourth above the bigger Bassoon respectively. They have no orchestral use and is relatively worthless when used in context of other double reeds such as English Horn and Heckelphone. Do not write for them.


This is a high oboe in F, a type of "Sopranino oboe" pitched a fourth above the Oboe. It, like the quint bassoon, has no orchestral use and worthless within it. Besides that, it's extremely rare. Do not write for it.

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