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The English horn or cor anglais is the tenor of the oboe
family. It differs slightly in construction from the oboe, being
wider and longer and having a globular bell at the lower end.
The double reed mouthpiece is attached to a curved metal
crook at the upper end. The fingering and method of produc-
ing the tone are, however, so similar in both instruments that
a person who plays one can easily master the other. The tone is
penetrating and reedy, like that of the oboe, but mellower.
It is not an English instrument and nobody is certain how
it got its name. The favorite theory is that it is a corruption of
the French words cor angle, meaning "angled horn" and refer-
ring to the angular bend of the early instruments.