Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Lucas Muirwood [?]


In a brief survey of this history of the oboe, it is necessary to return to primitive instruments. It is impossible to give a definite date at which the oboe may have originated, but Schwartz, in this Story of Musical Instruments, accepts the periond of the Fourth Dynasty in Egypt, or about 3700 B.C., as the date of the oldest specimens of the early forms.1 We also know of their existence in the Mesopotamian culture of 2800 B.C. A shrill, double-reed instructment with some finger-holes is known to have exited in Greece about 1500 B.C., when that civilization was undergoing many changes, but frequently we omit the example of the oboe (called flute) (see footnote4), in the orchestra of King Nebuchadnezzar, in the early part of the sixth century. This Biblical reference is found in the third chapter of the Book of Daniel.2





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