“Gabriel’s Oboe” is the main theme for the 1986 film The Mission. The theme was composed by Ennio Morricone.
Ennio Morricone (born 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player, writing in a wide range of musical styles. He has sold over 70 million records worldwide.
Today’s extract is one of Morricone’s best-known compositions and his score for the film, The Mission is considered by many to be one of the greatest film scores of all time. The oboe’s main theme heard in today’s extract has been described as “unforgettable” and a “celebrated oboe melody”.
The oboe is a type of double reed woodwind instrument. The bassoons that you heard playing the ticking rhythm in yesterday’s post are also double reed instruments. Sound is produced by blowing into the reed at a sufficient air pressure, causing it to vibrate with the air column. A double reed features two pieces of cane vibrating against each other. A musician who plays the oboe is called an oboist.