When a true orchestra makes a section of Oboes with Solo English Horn, does he usually play in exact unison with them or does he play one octave below? It seems he’s a great fit for setting up a divisi in the section but in general practice does he just blend in with the section playing the same pitch or does he play his own an octave lower?
Yes, indeed. An English horn would never play a different note that the the oboes … um … right? And of course the oboes play in unison all the time.
The person who asked this question is a “maestro to be”. (I’m really hoping he/she is very very (very!) young.)