20. April 2008 · 5 comments · Categories: Ramble

So … how many of you play the C# up in the stratosphere? (Well, that’s where it is as far as I’m concerned.) I think it’s called C#6.

Well, according to the Wikipedia entry (thank you, TD!) we play that high.

So … I ask again … how many of you play up there?

And how many enjoy it?


  1. uh oh… now amateur composers are going to be checking wikipedia for their orchestration skills and writing oboe parts that high! Maybe it should say up to G or G sharp and include the others as a footnote about extended technique or something…
    (no I do not play up there– G is the highest I usually have reason to go)

  2. I recently had to play a piece that included high Gs, but even those seem rather rare to me, Emily. What is the highest you’ve had to play? I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever had a high A. Seems like I have, but now I can’t remember what work it was that required it, so it obviously isn’t something I’ve played recently. (Or else I’m really losing it … to block out the high high A … can’t imagine doing that!)

  3. Dorati, Cinq Pieces has a high A. You can also manipulate that A with the Ab and C keys to make it a Bb. But I’ve never heard of an oboe playing a C#. And high A kind of makes your head want to explode. Usually I stick to playing G and lower :)

  4. I can play up to a G, but I’m not sure I’ve had to play above F# except maybe in an etude.

    My teacher plays A’s, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard an oboe playing above that!

  5. I say give anything above a G to the flutes.

    I had to laugh when I saw high G’s in the musical Evita. C’mon … you frequently get some “interesting” players in musical theatre … HIGH G? I doubt it!