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Cor anglais

Tenor oboe made of rosewood in three sections (upper and lower body joints, and bell), with nickel-silver ferrules and keywork. The instrument is slightly curved in construction and has a bulb-shaped bell. It has fourteen cylinder-cup keys mounted in posts with rods, with flat and needle springs attached to keys. The third fingerhole is double, with an oval cove, and the first and fourth fingerholes are closed with keys. There is a brille key on the lower joint. The crook is missing. Nominal pitch: F. The French name "cor anglais" is widely used in the United Kingdom as opposed to "English horn." Curiously, it does not mean that the instrument has an English origin. The name rather originated from a misleading meaning of the original Middle (High) German name "engellisch Horn," which meant "angelic" - the original instruments developed in German-speaking central Europe resembled the instruments played by angels depicted in medieval iconography. Since the Middle German word for England was "Engellant," the word "engellisch" also meant "English" and the "angelic horn" became the "English horn."

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on lower joint and bell: HAROLD & Co / CALCUTTA
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:422.112 (Single) oboes with conical bore
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Length: 740mm