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Cor anglais

Tenor oboe made of cocus wood in three sections (upper and lower body joints, and bell), with ivory/bone ferrules and silver-plated nickel-silver keywork. The instrument is of a straight outline and has a bulb-shaped bell. It has 22 (?) round-trapezoid-cup keys mounted in posts with rods, with flat and needle springs attached to keys. The first, fourth and sixth fingerholes are closed with keys. There is a ring key on the lower joint, and five keys for the left thumb on the back. There is also a long low key for the right thumb on the back, behind the thumb rest. The instrument reveals many modifications/adjustments throughout. The tenons have metal tips and the bell socket joint is lined with metal. 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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  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Height: 762mm