Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Jazz compositions 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.

1970-1979

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993): The Grand Wazoo, 1972

Publisher: Bizarre Records

Remarks: featuring Earle Dumler on bass oboe

Duration: 37min

Tags: bass oboe; jazz

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


1980-1989

Neidlinger, Buell (1951-): This Way is West (album), 1981

Publisher: K2B2 Records (K2B2 3369)

Remarks: album by Krystall Klear and the Buells; a bass oboe part, played by Gene Cipriano, can be heard prominently heard in "Pete's Boogie"

Duration: 73min

Tags: bass oboe; jazz

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

Neidlinger, Buell (1936-2018): Our Night Together, 1981  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: K2B2 Records (K2B2 2169)

Remarks: album by Krystall Klear and the Buells; bass oboe played by Gene Cipriano

Tags: bass oboe; jazz

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


2000-2009

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

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

Lehfuss, Augustin (1963-): Jazzy Ideas, 2009  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for 8 oboe instruments and jazz trio; commissioned by Gregor Witt; premiere in 2011 in Markneukirchen, Germany

Duration: 7min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; jazz

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

Lehfuss, Augustin (1963-): Ballad for Double Reeds, 2009  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for 8 oboe instruments and jazz trio; commissioned by Gregor Witt; premiere in 2011 in Markneukirchen, Germany

Duration: 4min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; jazz

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

Lehfuss, Augustin (1963-): Double Reed Blues, 2009  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for 8 oboe instruments and jazz trio; commissioned by Gregor Witt; premiere in 2011 in Markneukirchen, Germany

Duration: 4min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; jazz

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

Lehfuss, Augustin (1963-): Rostock's Fun Fare, 2009  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for 8 oboe instruments and jazz trio; commissioned by Gregor Witt; premiere in 2011 in Markneukirchen, Germany

Duration: 3min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; jazz

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


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