Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Solo pieces 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.

1940-1949

Koechlin, Charles (1867-1950): Suite, op. 185, 1942

Publisher: Editions Max Eschig (ME 8618)

Remarks: for cor anglais, oboe d’amore or bass oboe

Duration: 19min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

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


1980-1989

Mabry, Drake (1950-): Lament for Astralabe, 1980  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Rugginenti Editore, Milan

Remarks: for solo oboe or bass oboe

Duration: 12min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here.

Hunfeld, Xander (1949-): Metriek I, 1982

Publisher: Broekmans & Van Poppel (BP1807)

Remarks: for baritone oboe or oboe; revised 1984, 1990; commissioned by Anne Faber; premiere 1991 by Anne Faber in the Bachzaal in Amsterdam; alternate versions for clarinet or bass clarinet

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

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

Morehead, Patricia (1940-): Design One, 1984

Publisher: Canadian Music Centre (MI 5112 M838de)

Remarks: for solo bass oboe; original version for solo oboe (or tuba); dedicated to Dr. Samuel Dolin

Duration: 5min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

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


1990-1999

Burgers, Simon (1958-): Pastiche! (arrangement by Bart Schneemann), 1992

Remarks: arrangement for bass oboe and tape; original, longer version 1992-1994 for bass clarinet solo and tape, published by Donemus (08617); written with financial support of the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst for David Coppoolse

Duration: 4min

Tags: bass oboe; solo, arrangement

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

Mabry, Drake (1950-): Ceremony I, 1992  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for soprano saxophone; an oboe or bass oboe version might also exist; commissioned by Claude Delangle; premiere in autumn 1992 in the USA by Claude Delangle

Duration: 13min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Bryars, Gavin (1943-): The East Coast, 1994

Remarks: for bass oboe solo with orchestra; commissioned by Lawrence Cherney, with additional funds made available by the Arts Council of England; premiere in January 1995 in Winnipeg, Canada, by Lawrence Cherney (bass oboe) and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey

Duration: 15min

Tags: bass oboe; orchestra, solo

Additional information can be found here.

Miereanu, Costin (1943-): Solo V, 1995

Publisher: Editions Salabert (EAS 19362)

Remarks: for oboe, cor anglais or bass oboe; dedicated to Stéphane Part and Laurence Cherney

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here.

Strutt, Clive (1942-): Variations on a Bosnian Folk Song, 1995

Publisher: Amoris International (AI SI 014)

Remarks: for bass oboe (or bassoon); commissioned by and dedicated to Derek Bell

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here; a recording is available 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

Heller, Barbara (1936-): Solo-Album für Holzblasinstrumente (Englischhorn Solo-Album), 1998

Publisher: Furore-Edition (FUE 3250)

Remarks: for cor anglais, flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, oboe d'amore or heckelphone; dedicated to Julian Singer; premiere 2002 in Bern, Switzerland

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; solo

Gardner, James E. (1962-): Charge, 1999

Publisher: Amoris International AI SI 008

Remarks: for a member of the oboe family of instruments; dedicated to Jennifer Paull; premiere in 2000 at the IDRS Conference in Buenos Aires, by Jorge Postel Pavisic; original version 1997 for clarinet

Duration: 2min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe, lupophone; solo

Additional information can be found here.


2000-2009

Oehring, Helmut (1961-): Philipp, 2003

Remarks: for bass oboe solo; original 1997 version for trombone solo; versions for several other instruments exist

Duration: 12min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here.

Schneider, Urs Peter (1939-): Kar I und II, 2003-2004

Publisher: aart verlag (ISMN M 50196-088-0)

Remarks: sacred music for oboe / bass oboe or clarinet / bass clarinet

Duration: variable

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here.

Grégoire, Sébastian (1986-): Mélodie, 2005

Duration: 1min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

A recording is available here.

Andreyev, Samuel (1981-): Micrographia, 2006

Publisher: Trepex

Remarks: for bass oboe solo; revised 2010 for tenor saxophone

Duration: 6min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

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

Richards, Peter (1959-): The Lost Penguin, 2008

Publisher: editiondb 0701002

Remarks: for solo bass oboe or heckelphone; a version for solo cor anglais also exists

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here.


2010-2019

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

Additional information can be found here.

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

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

Dalton, Owen (1997-): Instance, 2015  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: for bass oboe solo

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Peracha, Omar (1993-): Ground Zero II, 2016

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

Duration: 9min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

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

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

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

Jones, Rob (1993-): , 2019

Remarks: for bass oboe solo, written for Mikey Sluman

Tags: bass oboe; solo

Additional information can be found here.


2020-2029

Sköld, Erik Valdemar (1991-): Isolation, 2020

Remarks: for solo bass oboe

Duration: 1min

Tags: bass oboe; solo

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


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