A woodwind instrument
, and, along with the oboe
and the bassoon
one of the double reed
s typically played in orchestra
l and opera
music of the US
The English Horn looks quite a bit like an oboe, only larger. It is pitched one fifth
lower than the oboe, and has a rich, dark tone that can be used to mournful or
seductive effect. Its double reed is placed on the end of a short bocal that joins
the reed to the body of the instrument.
Famous solos for English Horn are found in the second movement of Antonin Dvorak's
New World Symphony, and in Hector Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture.