"It can conjure up any emotions you might associate with love be that melancholy, calm, content or even rustic happiness."
OAE oboe Alexandra Bellamy introduces the oboe d'amore; the alto member of the oboe family.
Definition: ‘Obbligato’ Bach included many ‘obbligato’ arias in his works. The Italian word ‘obbligato’ means literally ‘obligatory’ or ‘fixed’. In Bach’s music, the instrumental solo in the aria was indispensable and practically equal to the voice part, shared much of its thematic material and usually began and ended the aria.
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At the OAE we play on the original instruments that the composers would have known and composed for. They are often quite different from the instruments used in modern orchestras today. In this playlist, OAE musicians show us how.
This series of short, informal videos animate the stories behind music theory and provoke new questions about what we think we know. What does a 'quaver' really mean? Why do we use bars? Why does it have to be so slow?
The series is led by the OAE’s dedicated musicians but we invite you to ask questions, challenge conventional wisdom and help to build a new understanding of music on our YouTube channel.
We have been running a programme called Musicians on Call for many years as part of our OAEducation provision. The events involve a small group of OAE musicians visiting care settings around the UK to perform, talk and make music with the residents in an informal way. We play a wide variety of music, from renaissance to baroque to folk.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot present these events in person. Instead, we have launched Musicians on Call Online: a twelve week video series with new episodes released as a Youtube Premiere every Wednesday at 4pm.