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In English it becomes hautboy, a wooden musical instrument of two-foot tone, I believe, played with a double reed, an oboe, in fact.
"'The case of a treble hautboy Was a mansion for him, a court.'
But--and mark you, the leap paralyzes one--crossing the Western Ocean, in New York City, hautboy, or ho-boy, becomes the name by which the night-scavenger is known.
Then it became a little louder, and sounded like a flute or a distant hautboy. In the garden-scene it had all the tremulous ecstasy that one hears just before dawn when nightingales are singing.
What hautboys and Zamora bagpipes we shall hear, what tabors, timbrels, and rebecks!
The second course was two ducks trussed up in the form of fiddles; sausages and puddings resembling flutes and hautboys, and a breast of veal in the shape of a harp.
As Fouquet was giving, or appearing to give, all his attention to the brilliant illuminations, the languishing music of the violins and hautboys, the sparkling sheaves of the artificial fires, which, inflaming the heavens with glowing reflections, marked behind the trees the dark profile of the donjon of Vincennes; as, we say, the superintendent was smiling on the ladies and the poets the fete was every whit as gay as usual; and Vatel, whose restless, even jealous look, earnestly consulted the aspect of Fouquet, did not appear dissatisfied with the welcome given to the ordering of the evening's entertainment.
For, if the Words are not heard so as to be understood, there will be no great Difference between a human Voice and a Hautboy. This defect, tho' one of the greatest, is now-a-days more than common, to the greatest Disgrace of the Professors and the Profession.
(12) David Rutherford, Rutherford's compleat Collection of200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New which are now in Vogue, Performd at Court & all Public Afsemblies with y newest and best Figures and Directions to each tune, by Mr Rofe, for y Violin German Flute or Hautboy Voll 1st, London, n.
The House of Life sequence is replete with terminology related to musical performance, including references to instruments (hautboy, harp, lute, monochord), performers (minstrel, daughters of the daybreak, bird, sirens), techniques (modulation, choral consonancy, wave, echoes, silence), and compositions (voluntary, air, tune, strain, song, ditties, dirges, vesper-song) in addition to musical titles ("Broken Music," "The Song-Throe," "The Monochord," "Death's Songsters").
Violin, Hautboy, German and Common Flutes, Bassoon, French Horn, Tenor, and Bass Violin, if desired." (15) The tenor violin was also among the group of instruments that Alexander Van Dienval continued to teach in an advertisement from 1762, (16) and a tenor violin was among the items in a collection of "Musick & Instruments, To be dispos'd of by a Gentleman lately arrived From LONDON." (17)
Elton uses some originally French terms for her berries when she names them, and there is an aura of Frenchness about them: "'hautboy infinitely superior'" (389).