30. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Oboe:
The oboe is a double reed instrument which means it has two small pieces of wood that you blow on together. It is often used in moves to emulate pity and horror. It can produce a merry and bright sound too. In fact it is the instrument that the orchestra uses to tune up

English Horn:
It is French not English and a low oboe not a horn so why the name? The horn part comes from the fact the people said it sounds like a distant hunting horn. The English part was all a misunderstanding. They meant to call it angled horn (cor Angle) because of it’s distinctive curve but it sounded too much like the french word for English (cor Anglais)and the name stuck.

I’ve heard several stories about how the English horn got its name. I honestly don’t worry about it. Thanks to my husband I call it the anguished horn anyway. ;-)

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