> > >I don't know the French name of the French horn. > > "Cor". > Well, when the rotary-valved horn came into use originally, it was "cor chromatique" (forgive me for leaving out the accents...), because it could play all notes of the chromatic scale rather than just the overtone series allowed by a natural (valveless) horn. Some noted hornists believe that the "French" comes from the fact that English hunting horns were small (to be held in a single hand) and Continental horns were larger (much the size of a current orchestral horn), and thus the national adjective to distinguish the two. Others believe that the "French" results from the French dominance of the Alpine region when the hunting horn was first developed there. Of course, I personally believe that the English called it a "French" horn because they didn't like it much. On the "oboe" front, most histories of wind instruments seem to agree with the (Fr.) hautbois ==> "high wood" derivation, although the justifications seem a bit specious. Certainly the oboe was not the woodwind with the highest register at the time of its first popularity... Paul.