Definition of cor anglais in English:

cor anglais

Line breaks: cor an|glais
Pronunciation: /kɔːr ˈɑːŋgleɪ
 
, ˈɒŋgleɪ
 
/

noun (plural cors anglais pronunc. same)

Music
  • 1An alto woodwind instrument of the oboe family, having a bulbous bell and sounding a fifth lower than the oboe. Also called English horn.
    More example sentences
    • These charming songs exist in two different versions, the first for baritone and string quartet, and the second for tenor and woodwind quartet (oboe, cor anglais, clarinet and bassoon).
    • We also have access to other instruments, including cor anglais, bass clarinet, cello, organ and voice.
    • Fowler is best known as a guitarist, yet has mastered oboe, cor anglais and mandocello.
  • 1.1An organ stop with the quality of a cor anglais.

Origin

late 19th century: French, literally 'English horn'.

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