Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Chamber music for bass oboe (chronological)

by Peter Hurd; reorganized and amended by Holger Hoos, editor-in-chief since 2020

version 1.2 (21 March 2021)

This collection is based on the catalogue of musical works requiring heckelphone or bass oboe instrumentation assembled by Peter Hurd beginning in 1998. For this new edition, the original version of the repertoire list has been edited for accuracy, completeness and consistency, and it has been extended with a number of newly discovered pieces.

Some entries could not (yet) be rigorously verified for accuracy; these were included nonetheless, to provide leads for future investigation, but are marked clearly. Pieces were selected for inclusion based solely on the use of heckelphone, bass oboe or lupophone, without any attempt at assessing their artistic merit. Arrangements of pieces not originally intended for these instruments were included when there was clear evidence that they had found a significant audience.

The authors gratefully acknowledge contributions by Michael Finkelman, Alain Girard, Thomas Hiniker, Robert Howe, Gunther Joppig, Georg Otto Klapproth, Mark Perchanok, Andrew Shreeves and Michael Sluman.

1910-1919

Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): Bruyères (arrangement by Percy Grainger), 1918

Publisher: Bardic Edition Music Publishers

Remarks: arrangement for flute, oboe, bass oboe (cor anglais), clarinets, alto clarinet (bass clarinet), bassoon, alto saxophone, French horn and harmonium; original version by Debussy for piano (1912-1913)

Duration: 3min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, arrangement

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.


1920-1929

Grainger, Percy (1882-1961): Hill-Song No. 1, 1920-1923

Publisher: Universal Edition (No. 7443)

Remarks: for 23 (or 24) instruments; the original version (written in 1901-1902) was scored for 2 piccolo flutes, 6 oboes, 6 cors anglais, 6 bassoons and contrabassoon

Duration: 15min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Flemming, Martha (1872-1961): Quartet, 1928  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for 2 oboes, cor anglais and bass oboe; only the 1st movement is original, movements II and III were completed by Ernst Arfken

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music


1940-1949

Koechlin, Charles (1867-1950): Hommage au canard, 1948

Publisher: ms

Remarks: quartet for oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and baritone oboe (or bassoon); incomplete manuscript, only the 2nd movement is complete

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.


1960-1969

Stockhausen, Karlheinz (1928-2007): Solo, 1965-1966  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Universal Edition

Remarks: for 1 melody instrumentalist with with looping feedback system; dedicated to Alfred Schlee; commissioned by NHK; premiere in two versions on 25 April 1966 in Tokyo, Japan, by Yasusuke Hirata (trombone) and Ryū Noguchi (flute)

Duration: 15min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Amy, Gilbert (1936-): Chant, 1967-1968

Remarks: won a gold medal at the 1968 Donaueschingen Festival; revised 1969

Duration: 24min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Eyser, Eberhard (1932-): Polymorphý 2, 1968

Publisher: STIM, Stockholm

Remarks: for 1-3 different oboes

Duration: 6min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Lanza, Alcides (1929-): Penetrations II, 1969  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for wind, string, keyboard and percussion instruments, with voices, electronic sounds and electronic extensions

Duration: 12min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Lanza, Alcides (1929-): Ekrophonics III, 1969  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for 1 wind instrument, 1 string instrument and 1 keyboard

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music


1970-1979

Smalley, Roger (1953-2015): Melody Study I, 1970  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Faber

Remarks: for 4 or more melodic instruments; premiere on 28 April 1970 in London, UK, under Roger Smalley

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Smalley, Roger (1953-2015): Melody Study II, 1970  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Faber

Remarks: for 4-12 melodic instruments; commissioned by the Nash Concert Society; premiere on 13 May 1970 in London, UK, by the Nash Ensemble

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Piazzolla, Astor (1921-1992): Oda para un hippie, 1971  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Seyfrit, Michael (1947-): Spans and Changes, 1971

Remarks: for flute, cor anglais, bass oboe (or bassoon), clarinet, harp and double bass

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Keane, David (1943-2017): Carpophagous Canon No. 4, 1972  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Littlehall Music Publishers

Remarks: for 3 (or more) double reed instruments

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Broughton, Bruce (1945-): Music for Oboes, 1974

Publisher: Prairie Dawg Press (PDP 165)

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais and baritone oboe (or bassoon); edited by Bruce Gbur; composed for and premiered by Norman Benno (Oboe); Earle Dumler (cor anglais) and John Ellis (heckelphone)

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Seyfrit, Michael (1947-): Refuge, 1974  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: ACA

Remarks: for cor anglais, clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, piano, violinm violoncello, contrabass and echo consort (3 unspecified instruments

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Newton, Rodney Stephen (1945-): Elegy, 1977

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for 2 oboes, cor anglais and bass oboe (or heckelphone)

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.


1980-1989

Eyser, Eberhard (1932-): Pastorelles, 1983

Publisher: STIM 20738, Stockholm

Remarks: for heckelphone (or alto saxophone) and harp (or piano)

Duration: 8min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Fox, Christopher (1955-): Broadway Boogie, 1983-1984

Remarks: for bass oboe and tape (3 bass oboes); premiere on 20 July 1984 at the Internationale Ferienkurse Neue Musik in Darmstadt, by Nora Post

Duration: 8min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, multiple

Additional information can be found here.

Moran, Robert (1937-): Survivor from Darmstadt, 1984

Remarks: for nine amplified bass oboes; commissioned by Nora Post; the premiere of the piece, held 1984 in Darmstadt, caused considerable controversy (due to its title)

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, multiple

Additional information can be found here.

Amelsvoort, Jos van (1910-2003): Larghetto e Burlesco, 1985  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Verheijen Music

Remarks: for wind sextet

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Turnage, Marc-Anthony (1960-): On All Fours, 1985

Publisher: Schott Music

Remarks: for chamber ensemble; commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain; premiere on 4 February 1986, London, UK, by the London Sinfonietta, Diego Masson

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Grella-Możejko, Piotr (1961-): OBOEnergy (MariusAZIONI), 1986

Remarks: for 1-12 oboes, cors d'anglais, oboes d'amore, bass oboes

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, multiple

Additional information can be found here.

Dobrian, Christopher (1959-): Parable, 1987

Remarks: for bass flute, bass oboe and bass clarinet; premiere on 14 May 1987 at the Center for Music Experiment in La Jolla, California, by John Sebastian Winston, Susan Barrett and Robert Zelickman

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.


1990-1999

Sulzer, Balduin (1932-2019): Capriccio pastorale, op. 121, 1990

Publisher: Arion Verlag (K 3202)

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais and baritone oboe

Duration: 9min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Horz, Stefan (1965-): music, when soft voices die ..., 1991

Publisher: Edition Dohr (93060)

Remarks: for oboe trio (oboe, cor anglais and bassoon, alternatively bass oboe); after the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley; premiere on 14 November 1991 in Cologne, Germany, by "Trio Agile"

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Rihs, Nicolas: Unique, 1991

Remarks: for solo cello, marimba, bass oboe, bass clarinet and bassoon

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Wagner, Andreas (1962-): Hyle, 1991

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais, bass oboe and tape

Duration: 16min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Rabinski, Jacek (1956-): Meditation, 1992

Publisher: HZ Editions (HZ34)

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais, baritone oboe, 3 bassoons and contrabassoon

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Vidjeskog, Patrick (1964-): ...och tanken finner skugga, op. 25, 1992

Remarks: chamber cantata for baritone and chamber ensemble; text by Ågren Gösta; the composer no longer wishes this piece to be performed in public

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Agrell, Jeffrey (1948-): Blues for D.D., 1993

Publisher: Jeffrey Agrell (57518)

Remarks: version for oboe & bass oboe; originally for solo oboe; written for Diana Doherty; several other versions exist

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Amelsvoort, Jos van (1910-2003): Fantasia 1941, 1994  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Verheijen Music

Remarks: for double-reed nonet

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Amelsvoort, Jos van (1910-2003): Quintetto I, 1994

Publisher: Donemus (08780)

Remarks: per due oboi, oboe d'amore, corno inglese e oboe barytone; commissioned by Kathy Halvorson

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Amelsvoort, Jos van (1910-2003): Quintetto II, 1994

Remarks: for double-reed ensemble

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Applebaum, Louis (1918-2000): Souvenirs, 1994

Publisher: Canadian Music Centre (MI 5212 A648so, ms)

Remarks: for oboe (or bass oboe) and organ

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Amelsvoort, Jos van (1910-2003): Nocturne, 1995  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Verheijen Music

Remarks: for double-reed nonet

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Hofmann-Engl, Ludger (1964-): 5 Pieces for “Three Reeds”, 1995

Remarks: for 2 oboes and bass oboe; premiere 28 July 1998 in Purton, UK

Duration: 8min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Truax, Barry (1947-): Inside, 1995

Publisher: Cambridge Street Records (CSR 9601 / 1996)

Remarks: for bass oboe and stereo fixed medium; bass oboe played by Lawrence Cherney

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Wolschina, Reinhard (1952-): Duodramma, 1995

Publisher: Keturi

Remarks: for oboe instruments and violoncello; in memoriam Witold Lutoslawski

Duration: 9min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Banasik, Christian (1963-): Der Zauberspiegel des M.C. Escher, 1996

Remarks: Version II for bass oboe and bass clarinet; original version 1988 for two bass clarinets

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Brophy, Gerard (1953-): Iza, 1996

Publisher: Australian Music Center

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Carr, Edwin (1926-2003): Waiheke Island (A Suite for Oboe Consort), 1996

Publisher: Amoris Editions AI EN 002

Remarks: quartet for oboe, oboe d’amore (or oboe II), cor anglais and bass oboe (or bassoon); dedication: for Jennifer Paull

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Diethelm, Caspar (1926-1997): Plejaden (quartet for 3 oboes and bassoon), op. 342, 1996  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: ms

Remarks: III: 2 Ob, Hph, Fg – IV: Hph solo – V: 2 Ob.am, Hph, Fg – VI: Ob, CA, Bar.-Ob.

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Filas, Juraj (1955-): Liebe gute Freiheit, 1996

Publisher: Editions Bim (MCX21)

Remarks: quartet for oboe, cor anglais, tenor oboe and bassoon; adaptation of the 1992 trio for oboe, cor anglais and bassoon; commissioned by Henri Leuzinger; premiered at Castle Jindřichův Hradec

Duration: 28min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Hakenberg, Stefan (1960-): Days, 1996

Publisher: Tonos Music (TO.7336)

Remarks: ten short pieces for bass clarinet and bassoon (or bass oboe, or heckelphone, or a second bass clarinet); premiere 1998 at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, by Diane Heffner (bass clarinet) and Janet Underhill (bassoon)

Duration: 14min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Heucke, Stefan (1959-): Lamentatio, op. 27, 1996

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet

Duration: 8min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Keane, David (1943-2017): Twee Vlinders, 1996

Publisher: Canadian Music Center (MI 5126 K24tw2)

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet; dedicated to Lawrence Cherney and Henry Bok

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Mabry, Drake (1950-): Aria, 1996

Remarks: for solo bass oboe and oboe band; premiere on 8 September 1996 in St. Philibert de Grandlieu, France, by Bernard Delcambre (bass oboe) and the Oboe Band of Nantes under Christophe Duchêne

Duration: 8min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Mather, Bruce (1939-): Duo Basso, 1996

Remarks: for bass flute and bass oboe; premiere on 5 February 1997 in Ottawa, Canada; a version for bass flute and bass clarinet also exists

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Parker, Michael (1948-2017): Six Lowly Variations on the Flying Dutchman, op. 54, 1996

Publisher: Canadian Music Centre (MI 5126 P242six)

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Rihs, Nicolas: C4,B4,A4, 1996

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for cor anglais, bass oboe, heckelphone and bassoon

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Rimmer, John (1939-): At the Base of the Whirlpool, 1996

Publisher: Catena Press

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet; versions for 2 bass clarinets / bass clarinet and cello also exist

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Salzedo, Leonard (1921-2000): Bailables, op. 127, 1996

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 001)

Remarks: for oboe (with optional musette), oboe d’amore, cor anglais and bass oboe; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 11min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Salzedo, Leonard (1921-2000): Canto de la Sibila, op. 135, 1996

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 003)

Remarks: for oboe d'amore (or bassoon or bass oboe) and string quartet; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 14min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Blezard, William (1921-2003): Scherzo furioso, 1997

Publisher: Amoris International, AI SI 017

Remarks: for double reed instrument and piano; for Derek Bell

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Cherney, Brian (1942-): In the Great Museums of our Memory, 1996-1997

Publisher: Canadian Music Centre

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet; earlier version (1994) for bass oboe solo

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, solo

Michael, Frank (1943-): Die Stimme der Kultur (Stele für Manfred Schradi), op. 79/1, 1997

Publisher: Musikverlag Zimmerman (ZM 33220)

Remarks: for flute/bass flute, oboe/bass oboe and piano; dedicated to Manfred Schradi

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Ross, Walter (1936-): Variations on "Auprès de ma blonde", 1997

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 004)

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d’amore (or cor anglais) and bass oboe (or bassoon); dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Schiffman, Harold (1928-): Divertimento for Oboe Quartet, 1997

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais and bass oboe; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 7min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here.

Hippler, Dietmar (1956-): Bass Instincts, 1998

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet; commissioned by the duo "Bass instincts"

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Robinson, Carol and Milliken, Cathy (1956-): Cross-currents (an unending aleatoric mix), 1998

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais, baritone oboe, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet and demi-clarinet; MAX software design by Tom Mays; DVD ROM version 2012

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Sugaya, Shigeru: Due Pezzi, 1998  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Nieuwenhuis, Jan Joris: Dances for Peace, 1999  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: Verheijen Music

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Ross, Walter (1936-): Old Joe Clark's Musical Offering, 1971-1999

Publisher: Amoris international (AI CM 006)

Remarks: for two upper (oboe, oboe d'amore) and one lower (cor anglais, bass oboe, bassoon) double reed instruments; parody on the famous Musical Offering by J.S. Bach; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Stöß, Thomas (1969-): Fries der Lauschenden, 1999

Publisher: Ries & Erler Musikverlag (RE43015)

Remarks: for oboe instruments, violoncello and piano; after the group of sculptures by Ernst Barlach

Duration: 64min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.


2000-2009

Rodriguez, Ana Maria (1963-): Level I, 2000

Remarks: sound installation for bass oboe, computer and loudspeaker system; premiere on 17 February 2000 in Cologne, Germany, with Gudrun Reschke (bass oboe); a version for trumpet also exists

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Schneider, Stephan Marc (1970-): Regards, 1999-2000

Remarks: five movements for clarinet or oboe (bass oboe ad lib.), violoncello and piano; premiere on 31 March 2000 in Weimar, Germany, by Axel Schmidt (oboe), Maria Luise Ewald (violoncello) and Reinhard Wolschina (piano)

Duration: 8min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Silvestrini, Gilles (1961-): Tiento, 2000

Publisher: Delatour (DLT0342)

Remarks: for oboe ensemble (four oboes, 2 oboes d'amour, 2 cors anglais and 2 bass oboes; dedicated to René Guillamot

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, multiple

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Bartók, Béla (1881-1945): Drei Stücke aus dem Mikrokosmos (arrangement by Reinhard Wolschina), 2001

Remarks: arrangement for flute (alto flute, piccolo flute), oboe (cor anglais, baritone oboe) and piano; original version 1926-1939

Duration: 7min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, arrangement

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Emmert, František Gregor (1940-2015): Motetto Salmo 22, 2001

Remarks: for baritone oboe, cello and piano; premiere 2002 in Weimar, Germany, by Trio pianOVo Weimar

Duration: 19min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Stout, Alastair (1975-): The Darkling Heave, 2001

Remarks: for 10 players; commissioned and first performed by the Continuum Ensemble in London, UK

Duration: 14min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Schneider, Urs Peter (1939-): 19 Existenzen, 2003

Publisher: aart verlag (ISMN M 50196-087-3)

Remarks: Four-part profane dances for seven instruments in low register: bass oboe, viola, horn, hammond organ, bassoon, violoncello and tuba

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Slezák, Pavel (1941-): Lust zu Hopsen, op. 82, 2003  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for bass oboe, violoncello and piano

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Hovhannisyan, Aram (1984-): à trois, 2004

Remarks: for flute (+ alto flute), oboe (+ bass oboe) and clarinet (+ bass clarinet)

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Newton, Bret (1982-): Romance for Bass Oboe and Strings, 2004

Publisher: SMP Press

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Politi, Adrien (1957-): Tango-Fantasía 1, 2004

Publisher: Éditions Delatour (DLT0178)

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais, bass oboe and two bassoons; dedicated to Claude Villevielle and "La Bande des Hautbois"

Duration: 7min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Allaz, François (1957-): Les Cartographes "Par un terrier de girafe", 2005

Publisher: François Allaz

Remarks: CD tiré à 200 exemplaire numérotés et signés par les musiciens; entre jazz et musique contemporaine; les compositions de François Allaz sont interprétées par Isabelle Hornung (violon), Sara Oswald (violoncelle), Jocelyne Rudasigwa (contrebasse), Bernard Trinchan (trombone, euphonium, trompette basse, saqueboute), Béatrice Zawodnik (hautbois, cor anglais, hautbois baryton) et François Allaz (guitare)

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, jazz

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Hovannisyan, Aram (1984-): IRAE (Cahier de tristesse No.2), 2004-2005

Remarks: for piccolo (+ flute), bass oboe, piano and accordion

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Schuler, Denis (1970-): Ecarts, 2005

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for bass oboe and bass clarinet

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Harris, Ian Keith (1935-): Divertissement, 2005-2006

Publisher: Amoris International Editions (AI EN 006)

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and bass oboe; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 23min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Harris, Ian Keith (1935-): Divertissement in Seven Movements, 2005-2006

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 006)

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais and bass oboe; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 23min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Menoud, John (1976-): Les rites de Sappho, 2006

Remarks: for violin, bass oboe, percussion and magnetic tape; premiere on 30 March 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Ensemble Vortex

Duration: 22min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Newton, Brett (1982-): Symphony No. 1 for Double Reeds, 2006

Duration: 24min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Kühnl, Claus (1957-): Threehundredandeightyfive, 2007

Publisher: Kühnl Verlag

Remarks: for bass flute, bass oboe (or heckelphone) and contrabass clarinet

Duration: 5min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Manasyan, Armen: Quartet, 2007  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for woodwind quartet: bass flute, heckelphone or bass oboe, bass clarinet and contrabassoon

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Pelzel, Michael (1978-): ... sentiers tortueux ..., 2007

Remarks: for ensemble

Duration: 22min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Harris, Ian Keith (1935-): A Consort of Carols, 2008

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 008)

Remarks: oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais, bass oboe; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 36min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Hovannisyan, Aram (1984-): Vénus, 2008

Remarks: for soprano, oboe (+ bass oboe), cello and piano; after a poem by F.G. Lorca

Duration: 9min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Moore, Chris Trebue (1976-): Strange Attractors, 2009

Publisher: edition gravis (eg1819LM, rental)

Remarks: or oboe (bass oboe), clarinet (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet), bassoon (contrabassoon), percussion and electronics; commissioned by the Südwestrundfunk (SWR); premiere on 17 October 2009 in Donauschingen, Germany, by Ensemble musikFabrik

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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2010-2019

Chieregato, Manuel (1978-): Sundays - I want my bells to scream! (No. 5, Version A), 2010

Remarks: musical tribute to René Magritte; for tubular bells and 6 mixed instruments

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Fine, Elaine (1959-): Duo, 2010

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 014)

Remarks: for oboe d'amore (or oboe) and bass oboe (or bassoon); dedicated to John Dee and Timothy McGovern; earlier 2007 version for oboe and bassoon

Duration: 7min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Haas, Georg Friedrich (1953-): AUS.WEG, 2010

Publisher: Universal Edition

Remarks: for 8 instruments; commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Freunde des Ensemble Recherche e.V.; premiere on 24 April 2010 in Witten, Germany, by Ensemble Rechere

Duration: 19min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Lewandowski, Louis (1821-1894): Kol Nidrei (arrangement by Elaine Fine), op. 6, 2010

Publisher: Amoris International (AI EN 011)

Remarks: for oboe d'amore (oboe) and bass oboe (bassoon)

Duration: 3min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Stock, David (1939-2015): Oborama, 2010

Publisher: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing

Remarks: for oboe (doubling musette, oboe d'amore, cor anglais, bass oboe) with strings, harp and percussion; premiered at FEMUSC Brazil by Alex Klein (oboe)

Duration: 18min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Tipp, Devon Osamu (Devon Yasamune Toyotomi) (1991-): Reedy Pipe Dreams, 2010  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for double reed choir

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

Sánchez-Verdú, José María (1968-): De processione mundi (9ª escena de ATLAS - Islas de utopía), 2010-2011

Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel

Remarks: for oboe soloist (cor anglais & baritone oboe) and ensemble (bass flute, tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet, violin, violoncello, double bass); commissioned by Gare du Nord Basel; premiere 2012/01/23 by Pilar Fontalba (oboe) and Ensemble Phoenix Basel under Jürg Henneberger at Gare du Nord in Basel, Switzerland

Duration: 12min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, solo

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Visotsky, D.M. and Zawodnik, Béatrice (1955-): Pictures of New York (album), 2011

Publisher: NEOS 11111

Remarks: dedicated to Elliott; bass oboe can be heard prominently in "Let the Show Begin", "Blue City", "Guggenheim High', "The Suspended Pond in Central Park", "Little India", "Birth of a Butterfly", "Phoenix" and "In a Hurry"

Duration: 60min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, solo

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Gushchyan, Arman (1981-): Four No Questions, 2012

Remarks: live sound installation for bass flute, bass oboe (lupophone), bass clarinet and electronic alarm clocks; premiere on 10 March 2012 in Bern, Switzerland, by ensemble proton bern

Duration: 9min

Tags: bass oboe, lupophone; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Hirsch, Cornelius (1954-): Notturno ferroviaro, 2012

Remarks: nocturnes for 3 oboes, 2 cors anglais, bass oboe, bassoon and contrabassoon

Duration: 15min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Hirsch, Cornelius (1954-): Nachtfalters Klagpsalter, 2012

Remarks: for 2 oboes, 2 cors anglais, 2 bass oboes and 2 bassoons

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music, multiple

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Hirsch, Cornelius (1954-): Frühlingsopferwalzer, 2012

Remarks: for 3 oboes, 2 cors anglais, bass oboe, bassoon and contrabassoon

Duration: 5min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Heucke, Stefan (1959-): Quintett, op. 73, 2014

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais, bass oboe, bassoon and piano; commissioned by Staatsoper Berlin for the Faboi double reed quartet (Faboi Doppelrohrquartett)

Duration: 25min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Kram, Richard (1953-): Irish Dances for Double Reed Quartet, 2014  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais, bass oboe and bassoon

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Stenov, Michael (1962-): Memorare, op. 26, 2014

Publisher: IMSLP (IMS 41)

Remarks: for mixed chorus (SATB), colla parte-instruments ad lib. (oboe, cor anglais, bass oboe, bassoon); premiere on 12 October 2014 in Linz, Austria

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Bruckman, Kyle (1971-): Technological Music Vol. 2, 2015

Remarks: a series of calculated disasters wherein compositional intent is exercised to varying degrees before and/or after the moment of performance; [...] tools include oboe, cor anglais, heckelphone, baritone oboe, microphones and analogue synthesis

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Coulomb, Laurent (1977-): Zhaï, 2015

Remarks: concerto for bass oboe (or heckelphone) and chamber orchestra

Duration: 15min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

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Segen, Jacob: Musical Moment #3, 2015

Remarks: improvisation for piano, cello and bass oboe

Duration: 9min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Dalton, Owen (1997-): Vie et Mort, 2016

Remarks: duet for bass oboe and bassoon; inspired by Holst's Planets Suite

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Gregory, Max (1994-): Reef, 2016

Remarks: quartet for bass oboe, violin, viola and cello; commissioned by Michael Sluman

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Mullan, Kevin: Short Piece, 2016  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for bass oboe, violin, viola and violincello

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Staffel, Andreas F. (1965-): Treibgut II, 2016

Publisher: Musikstudio Ohrpheo, Berlin, Germany

Remarks: for bass oboe and accordion; premiere 2016/07/01 by Antje Thierbach (bass oboe) and Susanne Stock (accordion) at Musikstudio Ohrpheo, Berlin, Germany; alternate versions for baroque oboe and accordion, for oboe and guitar, and for oboe and piano (2019)

Duration: 8min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Staffel, Andreas F. (1965-): In hohem Holz ... und weiter, 2016

Publisher: Edition Anthemion (710181)

Remarks: for oboe solo, oboe d'amore, cor anglais and baritone oboe ... individually or in arbitrary combinations, with arbitrary changes between instruments, with and without interplay; dedicated to Antje Thierbach; premiere on 19 October 2017 in Berlin, Germany, by Antje Thierbach

Duration: 12min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone, lupophone; chamber music, solo

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Newton, Brett (1982-): Symphony No. 2 (The Forest of Dreams), 2017

Remarks: for large wind ensemble

Duration: 50min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Regt, Hendrik de (1950-): 9 Variations on Psalm 5, 2017

Publisher: Digital Music Print Belgium (DMP 117131)

Remarks: for oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais and baritone oboe (or bassoon); on a theme from the Souterliedekens of Clemens non Papa

Duration: 11min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Sluman, Michael: Leshy, 2017

Remarks: for bass oboe and electronics

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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McConaughey, David (1973-): Sept petits humoresques, 2018  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Posadas, Alberto (1967-): Nebmaat, 2018

Remarks: for bass oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello; dedication "a Egipto"; premiere 2004/03 at the Festival Ars Musica in Brussels, Belgium

Duration: 16min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Roman, Elliot (1999-): Sol 489, 2018

Remarks: for bass oboe, viola and vibraphone; premiere on 8 December 2018 in Brooklyn (NY), USA, by Jacob Slattery (bass oboe), Jay Julio (viola) and Jon Clancy (vibraphone)

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Chen, Yuang (1997-): Earth Spirit, 2019

Publisher: Seycara Orchestral

Remarks: for solo bass oboe, 2 horns, 1 trumpet and strings

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available here.

Clarke, Desmond (1989-): Meadowland, 2019

Remarks: for bass oboe, heckelphone and bassoon; written for the Roseau Trio; premiere in October 2019 in Leeds, UK, by the Roseau Trio

Duration: 6min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; chamber music

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Dalton, Owen (1997-): Rush, 2019

Remarks: for wind ensemble

Duration: 11min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Gaunt, Ben (1984-): Rustic Spellsphere, 2019

Remarks: for bass oboe, heckelphone and bassoon; premiere on 9 October 2019 at the Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds College of Music, UK, by the Roseau Trio

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Jones, Lara: Suicide Station, 2019  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for bass oboe, tape and visuals; commissioned by Michael Sluman; premiere in July 2019 by Michael Sluman

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

Meneghin, Claudi (1967-): Fugue on the Lick, 2019

Remarks: short fugue on the Jazz cliché "The Lick", in 75-equal division of the octave, for recorder, oboe, bass oboe, bassoon and cello

Duration: 2min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Newton, Brett (1982-): The Death of Myrddin (Tone Poem for Woodwind Trio), 2019

Remarks: for bass oboe, heckelphone and bassoon; written for Mikey Sluman in February 2019 and premiered in October of 2019 in Leeds, UK, by Michael Sluman (bass oboe), John McDougall (heckelphone), and David Baker (bassoon)

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; chamber music

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Olyver, Matthew (1993-): Suffolk Song, 2019

Remarks: for bass oboe and accordion; musical portrait of Stoke-by-Clare; commissioned by Michael Sluman; premiere on 3 July 2019 in London, UK, by Michael Sluman (bass oboe) and Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade (accordion)

Duration: 3min

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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2020-2029

Basford, Daniel (1983-): The Moon is Distant from the Sea, 2020

Remarks: for solo bass oboe, harp and strings

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

A recording is available here.

Maunders, Florence Anna (1979-): Looking for More, 2020

Remarks: concerto for bass oboe and strings; commissioned by Mikey Sluman

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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Zegowitz, Luke (2008-): Duet for Bass Oboe and Piano, 2020

Tags: bass oboe; chamber music

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