Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Compositions for bass oboe and keyboard accompaniment (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.

1930-1939

Whittaker, William Gillies (1876-1944): Swedish Impressions, 1939

Publisher: University of Glasgow Special Collections (ms, MSWhittaker 81/1-7)

Remarks: sextet for piano, violin, flute, horn, bass oboe and bass clarinet

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.


1940-1949

Whittaker, William Gillies (1876-1944): Suite for Bass Oboe & Pianoforte, 1941

Publisher: University of Glasgow Special Collections (ms, MS Whittaker 72)

Remarks: dedicated to Bernard Hague

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.


1980-1989

Blood, John: Dark Scenes of Winter, 1981

Publisher: Gonzaga Music Publishers, GZ026 (2005)

Remarks: for bass oboe (or tenor saxophone) and piano; commissioned in 1981 by Richard Smith; premiere on 22 April 1982 at a British Music Society concert in Chelsea College, UK, by Richard Smith (bass oboe) and John Lindsay (piano)

Duration: 15min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.


1990-1999

Strutt, Clive (1942-): Introduction and Protiazhnahyah with Variations, 1993

Publisher: Amoris International (AI SI 013)

Remarks: for bass oboe (bassoon) and piano; dedicated to Derek Bell

Duration: 5min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Harman, Chris Paul (1970-): Poem, 1987-1994

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano

Duration: 5min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

A recording is available here.

Ross, Walter (1936-): Scherzino, 1999

Remarks: for bass oboe (or bassoon) and piano; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

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

Ross, Walter (1936-): Portraits from La Commedia dell'Arte, 1999

Publisher: Amoris International (AI SI 016)

Remarks: for bass oboe (or bassoon) and piano; dedicated to Jennifer Paull

Duration: 17min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

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


2000-2009

Rønnes, Robert (1959-): Three Nocturnes (Hommage à Frederick Delius), 1982-2000

Publisher: TrevCo Music Publishing (68651)

Remarks: for bass oboe or heckelphone and piano; dedicate to A. Schmidt and R. Wolschina; premiere on 17 May 2000 in Lodz, Poland, by Axel Schmidt (bass oboe) and and Reinhard Wolschina (piano); the composer changed the original version to heckelphone in 2000 and also produced a version for bassoon and piano

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Butterworth, Arthur (1923-2014): Sonata, op. 132, 2007

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano; commissioned by Elizabeth Kenwood and Richard Herriott; premiere in July 2009 at the Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham, UK, by Elizabeth Kenwood and Richard Herriott, as part of the International Double Reed Society's 2009 Convention

Duration: 15min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.


2010-2019

Tipp, Devon Osamu (Devon Yasamune Toyotomi) (1991-): Lithium Daphnae, 2011-2013

Remarks: for heckelphone (or bass oboe or lupophone), viola and piano; premiere on 7 October 2013 in Rostock, Germany, by Sabine Kaselow (bass oboe), Christoph Stark (viola) and Jenns Hoffmann (piano)

Duration: 6min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe, lupophone; keyboard instrument

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

Kram, Richard (1953-): Easy Miniatures for Heckelphone (or Bass Oboe), 2014

Remarks: for heckelphone (or bass oboe) and piano

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Cavallaro, Lenny (1947-): Adagio for Bass Oboe (or English Horn) and Piano, 2016

Publisher: unpublished

Remarks: it is unclear whether this piece has been performed

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Clark, Bill: Sonata for Bass Oboe and Piano, 2016  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: commissioned by Michael Sluman; premiere on 2 October 2016 in Sydney, Australia, by Michael Sluman (bass oboe) and Neal Peres Da Cost (piano)

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

A recording is available here.

Kendall, Elliott (1993-): Pastel on Call, 2016

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano; commissioned by Michael Sluman; premiere on 1 October 2016 in Sydney, Australia, by Michael Sluman (bass oboe) and Christopher Pelly (piano)

Duration: 7min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

A recording is available here.

Vincent, Carl (1966-): Let Not the Poet's Soul Be Frozen, 2016

Publisher: Kirklees Music

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano; commissioned by Michael Sluman; premiere at the Australian Double Reed Society in 2016

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Keeley, Rob (1960-): Two Dances, 2018

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano; premiere 2018/09/01 by Michael Sluman (bass oboe) and Jordi Torrent (piano) at the 47th Annual IDRS Conference in Granada, Spain

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Lavelle Golding, Miles (2000-): Prison, 2018

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano; premiere 2018/09/01 by Michael Sluman (bass oboe) and Jordi Torrent (piano) at the 47th Annual IDRS Conference in Granada, Spain

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Oehring, Helmut (1961-): Melencolia I, 2019

Remarks: for bass oboe/voice and modified piano; original 2010 version for flute/voice and piano; several other versions also exist

Duration: 20min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.

Windels, Ed (1967-): Cheek, op. 33, 2019

Publisher: Gyre and Gimble, NY

Remarks: for bass oboe and piano; commissioned by Michael Sluman

Duration: 10min

Tags: bass oboe; keyboard instrument

Additional information can be found here.


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