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Hautboy 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.

High 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