Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Jazz compositions for heckelphone (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.

1920-1929

Cui, César (1835-1918): Oriental Fox Trot (arrangement by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé), 1922

Remarks: featuring Ross Gorman on heckelphone; the original Orientale by César Cui was written for violin and violin and piano

Duration: 3min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

A recording is available here.

Gershwin, George (1898-1937): Rhapsody in Blue, 1924

Publisher: Alfred Music (00-FS0004)

Remarks: for piano and jazz band; commissioned by Paul Whiteman; orchestrated by Ferde Grofé; premiere on 12 February 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York City, by Paul Whiteman and his band with George Gershwin (piano); unlike later orchestrations, the original 1924 version uses heckelphone (played at the premiere by Ross Gorman)

Duration: 17min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz, orchestra

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

Herbert, Victor (1859-1924): A Suite of Serenades, 1924

Remarks: for jazz orchestra; commissioned by Paul Whiteman; premiere on 12 February 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York City, by Paul Whiteman and his band

Duration: 8min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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

Gershwin, George (1898-1937): Concerto in F (arrangement by Ferde Grofé), 1926

Remarks: arrangement for piano and orchestra; original 1925 version commissioned by Walter Damrosch; Grofé's arrangement for the Paul Whiteman Band was the one used in the first recording in 1928

Duration: 24min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz, orchestra, arrangement

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


1940-1949

Wiggins, Eddie (1917-1995): Orientale, 1946

Publisher: Sultan Records (2501A)

Remarks: played by the Eddie Wiggins Sextette

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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

Wiggins, Eddie (1917-1995): Onyx Jump, 1946

Publisher: Sultan Records (2502B)

Remarks: played by the Eddie Wiggins Sextette

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

A recording is available here.


1960-1969

Johnson, Aubrey: Honking Heck, 1964  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

Additional information can be found here.


1990-1999

Winter, Paul (1939-): Earth: Voices Of A Planet (album), 1990

Publisher: Living Music (LD0019)

Remarks: a heckelphone part, played by Mark Perchanok, can be heard prominently in "And The Earth Spins (Finale)", written by Paul Halley

Duration: 58min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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

Winter, Paul (1939-): Noah and the Ark, 1992  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Productions

Remarks: narrated by Kelly McGillis

Duration: 25min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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

Winter, Paul (1939-): The Man Who Planted Trees (album), 1993

Publisher: Living Music (LD0030)

Remarks: based on the short story by Jean Giono, narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema; featuring Mark Perchanok on heckelphone

Duration: 40min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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

Winter, Paul (1939): Prayer for the Wild Things (album), 1994

Publisher: Living Music (LD0028)

Remarks: heckelphone parts, played by Mark Perchanok, can be heard prominently in "Prelude: Eagle Mountain", "Morning: Buffalo Prairie", "Twilight: Sunset On Eagle Mountain", "Overture to a New Day: Night Into Dawn" and "Overture to a New Day: Eagle Mountain"

Duration: 69min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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

Papadakos, Dorothy (1960-): Christmas Traveller, 1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Remarks: jazz Christmas concerto for chorus, baritone, orchestra and jazz trumpet; in the recording, the heckelphone part is played by Mark Perchanok

Duration: 17min

Tags: heckelphone; jazz

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


2000-2009

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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