English horn (Cor Anglais) vs Oboe Instruments

I was not always a woodwind player but I was thinking the difference & similarities between English Horn (Cor Anglais) and Oboe. Sadly, all I could think of was that they are both in the woodwind family, can found in the orchestra and are all played using reeds. Well, I thought they were lame answers too! And so I got down to business researching.

English horn vs Oboe – Differences between

The main differences between our English horn (‘Cor Anglais’ – French) vs Oboe is that:

  • The English horn is lower pitched the Oboe;
  • The English horn is slightly larger – 50% longer – (thanks to being lower pitched) with its egg-shaped bell compared to the Oboe Reed.
  • The English horn has a ‘bent horn’ (in French known as ‘Cor Anglé’) near its top
  • English horn has a different reed from the Oboe and it’s attached to the crook (bocal). ,
  • The English horn is in the F key while the Oboe is in the C key.
  • English horn sounds lower and darker when compared to the oboe’s bright sound.

Arthur

I am a 36-year-old trained audio engineer, music producer, and Guitar player; passionate about all things music.I can track bass, guitars, keyboards, and drums and can also program drums. I mix and master with high-end plugins such as Waves, Audiority, Blue Cat, HOFA, etc

Recent Content

link to How To Soundproof A Dog Crate

How To Soundproof A Dog Crate

Did you know that your dog could be stressed or mentally detailed by “boom” sounds and noises like road traffic, trains, thunder, and fireworks?  Is your dog frequently hiding, howling, barking, drooling, whining, shaking, or panting? Does this really get on your nerves? Well, you’ll need to soundproof the dog’s crate, closet, or room – to reduce […]