Sound character of the Cor anglais - Philipp Dangas
Cor anglais register table
Cor anglais register table graphic can be enlarged. It is Link-Sensitive [Clickable].Sheet music for the register table of the Cor anglais
The spherical bell gives the Cor anglais a Sound character that is not insignificantly different from that of the oboe. This bell contributes significantly to the darkening of the overall sound. It is particularly evident in the lower registers. The larger dimensions of the Cor anglais also give the tones greater substance and power. The Cor anglais has the ability to produce plaintive and melancholic sounds.
As part of the „ymphonic world music“
The Cor anglais has the task of creating contrast in order to be able to perceive features in sound or form differently.
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Table summary of the Sound character of the Cor anglais
The following table lists the registers and timbres of the Cor anglais briefly described. The highest register, the middle register and the lowest register described.
Dynamic effect of the Cor anglais
Cor anglais dynamic table graphic can be enlarged. It is Link-Sensitive [Clickable].Sheet music for the dynamic table of Cor anglais
In order to be able to show the degrees of strength of musical dynamics, a dynamic table follows. In addition to the sound pressure scale measured in decibels [dB], the degrees of strength of musical dynamics are given on the left, which can be understood as "objective" degrees.
The corresponding diagram is drawn to the right of the dB scale. It shows the estimated dynamic effect over the entire tonal range of the instrument. The dynamic effect (volume) as judged (perceived) by the listener.
In addition, an example follows: The dynamic range of the trumpet is in the low register, between pianissimo [pp] 46 decibels [dB] and fortissimo [ff] 82 decibels [dB] = 36 decibels [dB]. In the high register, the range is 8 decibels [dB]. The estimated values can deviate more or less from the "objective" ones.
The instruments differ in this respect. The mentioned "objective" levels of intensity piano pianissimo [ppp]= 40 decibels [dB], p=60 decibels [dB] etc. enable the composer to predict the dynamic effects of different instruments that are sounding simultaneously.
Table summary of English horn dynamic range
The following table shows the achievable dynamic range of the English horn shown. The span is the difference between the fortissimo and the Pianissimo in the same pitch.
The Cor anglais register table in large format
- Highest register
- Little effective, but harsh sounding and also penetrating in the forte.
- Middle register
- Powerful and soft, very suitable for Cor anglais solos.
- Lowest register
- Somewhat hollow-sounding, but quite expressive, but almost horn-like the sound effect.