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HAUTBOYS.                                   45
prised of oboes, which appear to have been adopted by them during the reign of the previous king. Kastner, the historian of French military music, con­siders that they took the custom from the Germans. Certain it is, that the oboe was not included among the warlike instruments of the French when Tabourot wrote in 1588.
Fig. 7.
HAUTBOYS (17lH CENTUEY).
With them, military music, apart from what was really necessary for signalling, had no official sanc­tion, and it was customary for commanding officers to provide their own music if they required it. All this was altered when Louis XIV became king. Lully, the first composer in France, was entrusted by Louis with
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