Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Film scores using 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.

1940-1949

Waxman, Franz (1906-1967): Objective Burma! (film), 1945

Publisher: Warner Brothers

Remarks: the original score (with arrangements by Leonid Raab) used heckelphone, while the 2005 Naxos re-recording (arranged by John Morgen) used bass oboe instead

Duration: 142min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; film music

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

Herrmann, Bernard (1911-1975): Anna and the King of Siam, 1946  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Twentieth Century Fox

Duration: 128min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

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


1950-1959

Newman, Alfred (1900-1970): Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (film), 1955

Publisher: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Remarks: bass oboe played by Vincent Schipilliti

Duration: 102min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

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

Rosenman, Leonard (1924-2008): Rebel Without a Cause (film), 1955  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Warner Brothers Pictures

Duration: 111min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

Additional information can be found here.

Gold, Ernest (alias Ernst Sigmund Goldner) (1921-1999): The Screaming Skull (film), 1958  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: American International Pictures, Madera Productions

Duration: 104min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

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


1960-1969

North, Alex (1910-1991): Cleopatra (film), 1963

Publisher: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Remarks: orchestrations by Alex North, Edward Powell and Henry Brant

Duration: 151min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

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


1980-1989

North, Alex (1910-1991): Dragonslayer (film), 1981  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Paramount Pictures

Remarks: orchestrations by Henry Brant

Duration: 73min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

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

Davis, Carl (1936-): Intolerance (film), 1989

Remarks: new score for the 1916 film by D.W. Griffith

Duration: 75min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

A recording is available here.


2000-2009

Isham, Mark (1951-): Next (film), 2007

Publisher: Paramount Studios

Remarks: the bass oboe part in the film is played by Chris Bleth

Duration: 96min

Tags: bass oboe; film music

Additional information can be found here.


2010-2019

Isham, Mark (1951-): Once Upon a Time (TV series), 2011-2018

Remarks: the bass oboe part in the series is played by Chris Bleth

Tags: bass oboe; film music

Additional information can be found here.


To suggest additions or corrections to the repertoire list, please contact heckelphone@gmx.net.
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