What is up with the bell on the English Horn?

Asked by: Rob Richards

The bell is still basically bell-shaped. The oboe family is a different. The standard oboe (in C) has a stumpy little bell with not too much flair to it at all (no offence). A larger member of the oboe family the english horn / cor anglais (in F) has a “bell” that is very different – it’s onion-shaped.

Why is an English horn called that?

The name ”English horn” is most probably derived from the horn-like shape of early tenor oboes, especially the oboe da caccia: it seems to have resembled the horns with which angels were depicted in religious illustrations from the Middle Ages and thereafter.

What is the English horn pitched in?


English horn, French cor anglais, German Englischhorn, orchestral woodwind instrument, a large oboe pitched a fifth below the ordinary oboe, with a bulbous bell and, at the top end, a bent metal crook on which the double reed is placed. It is pitched in F, being written a fifth higher than it sounds.

What is the difference between an oboe and an English horn?

Here are some differences: – The sound of the English horn is deeper than the oboe. – The bell of the English horn has a bit more a bulb shape than the oboe. – The English horn is larger than oboe (its sound corresponds to a lower fifth). In addition, it has a piece of curved metal at the top called bocal.

What’s the difference between a French horn and an English horn?

So the French horn is not actually the French horn it's more accurately just a horn or to be more precise a horn in F.

Are English horns French?

The term cor anglais is French for English horn, but the instrument is neither from England nor related to the various conical-bore brass instruments called “horns”, such as the French horn, the natural horn, the post horn, or the tenor horn.

Does the English horn belong to the brass family?

The English horn belongs to the brass family.

What is the end of an English horn called?

One end of a detachable metal tube (called a crook or bocal) that has a slight bend given to it is wrapped with a thin layer of cork and inserted into a countersunk hole at the top end of the upper body joint; this tube serves as an extension of the instrument’s conical bore.

Does English horn have a double-reed?

The English horn is another double-reed instrument in the woodwind family. Although much like the oboe, it is larger than the oboe and its sound much lower.

Does English horn sound like oboe?

So unlike the oboe the English horn is not a concert pitch instrument. When I finger a note take an A for example. It doesn't actually sound in a it sounds like concert D.

Why do horn players like flat keys?

Similarly, the reason jazz is mostly written with flats is because jazz often uses horns and it’s easier to play a horn in flat keys because they are transposing instruments (pitched in Bb and Eb).

Why is French horn in F?

Upper pitches were difficult to perform accurately due to the close proximity of overtones. The double horn added a second, higher register horn (commonly a B-flat horn) to the original F horn, which allowed for higher passages to be played with greater ease and accuracy.

What do the French call a French horn?


Even in France it is simply called cor. In 1971, the International Horn Society recommended that “horn” be the recognized name for the instrument in the English language.

How many reeds does an English horn have?

two reeds

Like all other oboes it is classified as a double-reed instrument on account of its mouthpiece, which consists of two reeds lying close together. Since the Classical era orchestras have made use of the English horn’s melancholy sound to suggest rural and pastoral scenes and to perform mournful airs.

Is the trumpet the highest brass instrument?

Considered the oldest brass instrument in existence, the Trumpet was first created in around 1500 B.C. Not only this, but the Trumpet is also the highest pitched instrument of the brass family.

What does a Crumhorn look like?

It consists of a small boxwood pipe of cylindrical bore, curved upward at the lower end and pierced with finger holes like those of a recorder. Its reed is enclosed in a wooden cap with a blowing orifice in the top. The tone is reedy and nasal.

Do crumhorn have reeds?

The crumhorn is a capped reed instrument. Its construction is similar to that of the chanter of a bagpipe. A double reed is mounted inside a long windcap. Blowing through a slot in the windcap produces a musical note.

How many holes does a crumhorn have?

The crumhorn is a woodwind instrument. It has seven finger holes on the front of the instrument, and a thumb hole on the back. The lowest hole on the front of the instrument, the eighth hole, is created to tune the instrument. Mordern crumhorns commonly have two keys, one one the front and the other in back.

What key is the cornet in?


It is built in the key of B♭, its music written a tone above the actual sound. The range extends from the E below middle C to the second B♭ above it.

Which is easier to play trumpet or cornet?

The trumpet and the Bb cornet are the same pitch and feature the same fingerings but the cornet is easier for younger students to play. Cornets have tighter tubing (remember the four 180-degree turns), which makes it smaller and easier to hold. It is also easier to hold and find pitches on the cornet.

Is flugelhorn harder than trumpet?

Is the Trumpet or Flugelhorn Easier to Play? In general, the trumpet is easier to plan than the flugelhorn. Trumpets have a cylindrical bore, which means the diameter of the tube doesn’t change for much of the length of the trumpet. However, the flugelhorn has a conical bore, in which the diameter slowly gets bigger.