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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Scoring: 4 flutes, piccolo, 3 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, celesta, harp, strings.
Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Ludwig Krebs, Josef Rheinberger and Dietrich Buxtehude - will include solo organ repertoire as well as works for oboe and organ and English horn and organ.
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.
It was good to hear a somewhat less familiar excerpt from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" in the concert's first half, though balance problems meant the solo English horn dominated the considerably larger string section.
Both McKee and his wife were invited in 1950 to audition for principal horn and English horn positions in the Tulsa Philharmonic.
The 11-minute work begins with a beautiful but haunting and ominous melodic line, where various woodwind players - flutist Kristen Halay, oboist Kelly Gronli and English horn player Annalisa Morton, among others - were featured effectively.
Calvo, who plays oboe and English horn, studied with master artist- teachers from the Rome Festival's Summer Institute, which is sponsored by the Rome Festival Orchestra.
van Beethoven, Trio, O pus 87 for two oboes, English horn, score (3 p.
Angela Wright, flute, from Berlin; Caroline Graham, oboe and English horn, and Gayle Joseph, percussion, both from Bolton; and Kyle McQuoid, trumpet, from Clinton.
Westminster Presbyterian Church - Organist James Hartcastle and English horn player Paul Pitkin will perform as part of the church's Second Sunday Series at 4 p.
Berio scored this thirty-minute work for viola solo and two instrumental groups: group A--flute/piccolo, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, I percussionist, 3 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and double basses; and group B--2 flutes/piccolos, oboe, E[flat] clarinet, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass tuba, 2 percussionists, keyboard/celesta, 9 violins, 2 violas, 3 cellos, and double bass.