English horn


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English horn,

musical instrument, the alto of the oboeoboe
[Ital., from Fr. hautbois] or hautboy
, woodwind instrument of conical bore, its mouthpiece having a double reed. The instruments possessing these general characteristics may be referred to as the oboe family, which includes the English horn, the bassoon,
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 family, pitched a fifth lower than the oboe and treated as a transposing instrumenttransposing instrument,
a musical instrument whose part in a score is written at a different pitch than that actually sounded. Such an instrument is usually referred to by the keynote of its natural scale—the clarinet in A, for example—in which case A is sounded when
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. It has a pear-shaped bell, giving it a soft, melancholy tone. The first important parts for it were written by Rossini in William Tell (1829) and by Meyerbeer in Robert le diable (1831). Other composers, notably Wagner, have used it in opera and orchestral music. The 18th-century form of the instrument was curved, whence, possibly, its misleading designation as a horn. In Britain and Europe it is often termed cor anglais.
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(38.) While not precisely scalar, the English horn's gesture is clearly similar to the piano's in shape, placement in the phrase, and number of crochets leading to the minim as the point of arrival.
Scoring: piccolo, 3 flutes (1 doubling as piccolo 2), 3 oboes, English horn (doubling as oboe 4), 4 clarinets (1 in D, 1 in [B.sup.[flat]], 2 in A), bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1 bass tuba, harp, celesta, percussion, strings.
The music is just as dramatic in all three versions, swinging from moody to energetic, but Monteux is that much more ravishing in the central Allegretto, with its prominent English horn solo, and in the playfulness of the slender scherzo-like theme that follows.
There was just one musically insensitive passage; unfortunately it was when Walton's score was at its most quietly delicate as it used the "Bailero" from Canteloube's adaptations of Auvergne folksongs for an exquisite English horn solo backed by strings.
For nearly a decade, this group of musicians (Deb Stevenson, oboe and English horn; Thomas Yang, violin; Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola; and Steven Houser, cello) has been treating the Chicago area to performances of both famous masterpieces and lesser-known gems.
21 for English horn and piano; Deux pieces for woodwind quintet, op.
Chaburn's superb piano playing complemented by other musicians on the English horn, French horn, violin, and viola drifts seamlessly through this elegant listening experience, evoking strong memories and wonder.
Indeed, throughout the concert, there were wonderfully executed solo interludes, with special praise to the English horn player, solo flutist and oboe soloist.
Sunday with Amy Goeser Kolb on the oboe and English horn at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St.
For each instrument, there is a bibliography chapter and a separate discography listing works for a single solo instrument or groups of like instruments, for instance two flutes, or saxophone quartet, or oboe and English horn. Each volume also includes a bibliography and a discography of works for two or more different solo instruments (including non-winds) where at least one of the solo instruments is one covered by the given volume, a table listing all of the composers covered by the whole set and the number of their works listed under each instrument, and a key to the abbreviations for publishers and music information centers used within the bibliographies.
Arrangements of individual songs--devised and conducted by Peter Tiefenbach--also include accompaniment by two clarinets, English horn, saxophone, string quartet and double bass.
The music is just as dramatic in the opening and closing movements as Dutoit's, swinging from moody to energetic, but it is especially more ravishing in the central Allegretto, with its prominent English horn solo, and in the playfulness of the slender scherzo-like theme that follows.