Meaning of oboe d'amore in English:

oboe d'amore

Pronunciation /ˌəʊbəʊ daˈmɔːreɪ/


  • A type of oboe with a bulbous bell, sounding a minor third lower than the ordinary oboe. It has a soft tone and is used in baroque music.

    ‘So the probability exists that Bach actually intended those parts to be played on the oboe d'amore and not on the oboe as indicated.’
    • ‘The oboe d'amore (literally: oboe of love), a woodwind instrument, is a somewhat obsolete variant of the far more common oboe.’
    • ‘When I bought a new oboe d'amore a few months ago, I found that I knew very little about the reeds.’


Early 19th century from Italian, literally ‘oboe of love’.