The oboe d’amore (“oboe of love”), less commonly hautbois d’amour, is a double reed woodwind musical instrument in the oboe family. Slightly larger than the oboe, it has a less assertive and a more tranquil and serene tone, and is considered the mezzo-soprano of the oboe family, between the oboe (soprano) and the cor anglais, or English horn (alto). It is a transposing instrument, sounding a minor third lower than it is notated, i.e. in A. The bell is pear-shaped and the instrument uses a bocal, similar to the larger cor anglais, whose bocal is larger.
Playlist Note: Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, best known today for the vocal romance “Plaisir d’amour,” on which the 1961 Elvis Presley pop standard “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is based. He is sometimes referred to as Giovanni Martini, resulting in a confusion with Giovanni Battista Martini, particularly with regard to the composition “Plaisir d’amour”‘.