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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After only three years of study there with the legendary oboist Marcel Tabuteau, he became the solo English horn player and assistant principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, a position he held from 1920 to 1936.
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As working musicians, we often play in larger groups, '' said Lazarus, principal oboist and English horn player in several regional orchestras.
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But the Boston Philharmonic has many superb professionals, principals such as Dan Rios on English horn, Tom Hill on clarinet, Kathleen Boyd on flute and Kyoko Hida on oboe.
The program will feature Beethoven's 8th Symphony, Concerto Da Camera for Flute and English Horn by Honegger, and Fingal's Cave Overture by Mendelssohn.
Robert Moore, English horn, and George Recker, trumpet.
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Under "Carter, Elliott, Pastoral" I found a number of citations, showing that Pastoral was originally composed in 1940 for English horn (viola or clarinet) with piano, and was arranged for English horn, marimba, and string orchestra in 1988.