The Art of Cor Anglais by Geoffrey Browne is a book for the advanced study of the cor anglais (english horn), stating the main problems of playing the instrument and offering solutions.
The book aims to develop the students own natural abilities by giving a thought-provoking commentary and background to thirty-five orchestral extracts, and with ideas on how the excerpts fit into the orchestra. There is an article on reeds, a method for circular breathing, a definition, and some history of the instrument. Also there is an article on performance technique and performance anxiety.
Designed for oboe players who want to extend their knowledge by playing cor anglais, and for people who have difficulty in finding specialist teaching in this subject, it is also intended to be useful for composers and for conductors. There is as much information about this little-documented subject as can be crammed into 64 pages by one of the worlds most experienced players.
The Fourth edition is enlarged, revised, and re-organised. It covers the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and contains most of the pieces requested for auditions.