Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Orchestral music 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.

1900-1909

Delius, Frederick (1862-1934): Eine Messe des Lebens (A Mass of Life), 1904-1905

Publisher: Harmonie Verlag, Berlin

Remarks: dedicated to Fritz Cassirer; premiere on 7 June 1909 at Queen's Hall, London, under Thomas Beecham; part 2 was first performed on 4 June 1908 in Munich by the Hofkapelle München; according to Klapproth (2008), the bass oboe part in the score was originally intended for heckelphone

Duration: 135min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Schillings, Max von (1868-1933): Dem Verklärten (Eine hymnische Rhapsodie nach Worten Friedrich Schiller's), op. 21, 1905  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Robert Forberg, Leipzig

Remarks: for mixed chorus, baritone and large orchestra, based on a text by Friedrich Schiller

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Delius, Frederick (1862-1934): Songs of Sunset, 1906-1907

Publisher: F.E.C. Leuckart, Leipzig

Remarks: for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra; dedicated to the Elberfelder Gesangverein (Elberfeld Choral Society)

Duration: 30min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Delius, Frederick (1862-1934): A Dance Rhapsody, 1908

Publisher: F.E.C. Leuckart, Leipzig

Remarks: dedicated to Hermann Suter; according to Klapproth (2008), the bass oboe part in the score was originally intended for heckelphone

Duration: 12min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Boehe, Ernst (1880-1938): Symphonischer Epilog zu einer Tragödie, op. 11, 1909

Publisher: Schuberthaus-Verlag

Remarks: for large orchestra; dedicated to Felix Mottle and Königliches Hoforchester zu München

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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


1910-1919

Berg, Natanael (1879-1957): Traumgewalten, Sinfonische Dichtung, 1910

Publisher: Hirsch, Stockholm (1911)

Remarks: instrumental music inspired by the poem with the same title by Nicolaus Lenau; dedicated to Berta Dorotea Rexroth-Berg; premiere on 3 February 1912 at the Royal Opera, Stockholm, by Hovkapellet under Armas Järnefelt

Duration: 12min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Weingartner, Felix (1863-1942): Symphony No. 3, op. 49, 1910

Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel (rental)

Remarks: for orchestra and organ (ad lib.); premiere on 27 November 1910 in Vienna, Austria

Duration: 65min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Braunfels, Walter (1882-1954): Carnevals-Ouvertüre zu E.T.A. Hoffmanns "Prinzessin Brambilla", op. 22, 1911

Publisher: Ries & Erler Musikverlag, Berlin (rental)

Duration: 8min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Schillings, Max von (1868-1933): Festspiel 1912 (Ouvertüre für großes Orchester), 1912

Publisher: IKURO (120901)

Remarks: premiere on 14 September 1912 in Stuttgart, Germany; written and performed for the opening of the opera house in Stuttgart

Duration: 5min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Strauss, Richard (1864-1949): Festliches Präludium, op. 61, 1913

Publisher: Adolph Fürstner, Berlin

Remarks: for large orchestra and organ; premiere 19 October 1913 in Vienna, Austria, under Ferdinand Löwe

Duration: 12min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Klose, Friedrich (1862-1942): Der Sonne-Geist, 1914

Publisher: Universal Edition

Remarks: for soli, choirs, orchestra and organ; text by Alfred Mombert; premiere on 2 March 1918 in Basel, Switzerland

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Strauss, Richard (1864-1949): Eine Alpensinfonie, op. 64, 1911-1915

Publisher: F.E.C. Leuckart, Leipzig (F.E.C.L. 7531)

Remarks: dedicated to Nicolaus Seebach and the Royal Orchestra; premiere on 28 October 1915 in Berlin, Germany, by the Dresden Hofkapelle under Richard Strauss

Duration: 50min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Grainger, Percy (1882-1961): The Warriors (Music to an imaginary ballet), 1913-1916

Publisher: B. Schott's Söhne, Mainz (B.S.S.31023b)

Remarks: for orchestra & 3 pianos; dedicated to Frederick Delius; premiere on 26 December 1926 in Chicago, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Frederick Stock

Duration: 18min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; orchestra

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

Erdmann, Eduard (1896-1958): Rondo for Orchestra, op. 9, 1918

Publisher: Jatho-Verlag, Berlin; Ries & Erler, Berlin

Remarks: dedicated to Heinz Tiessen; premiere 1921 by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Arthur Nikisch

Duration: 14min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Erdmann, Eduard (1896-1958): Symphony No. 1, op. 10, 1919

Publisher: Steingräber-Verlag, Leipzig

Remarks: for large orchestra; dedicated to Alban Berg

Duration: 24min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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


1920-1929

Bernert, Helmut (1896-1979): Rhapsodie für Tenor und Orchester, 1921  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: Anton Böhm Verlag, Augsburg (ms)

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Bax, Arnold (1883-1953): Symphony No. 1, 1922

Publisher: Warner Chappell Music

Remarks: the score lists "Heckelphone or Bass-Oboe"; dedicated to John Ireland; premiere on 4 December 1922 in London, by the London Symphony Orchestra under Albert Coates

Duration: 32min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Friml, Rudolf (1879-1972): Chansonette (arrangement by Ferde Grofé), 1922

Remarks: based on the 1920 "Chanson" for solo piano; a heckelphone solo, written for Ross Gorman, features prominently at the beginning of Grofé's arrangement

Duration: 3min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, arrangement

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.

Heger, Robert (1886-1978): Ein Friedenslied, op. 19, 1924

Publisher: Universal Edition

Remarks: for solo quartet, mixed choir, boys's choir and orchestra; premiere on 6 March 1928 in Vienna, by Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and Wiener Sinfonieorchester under Robert Heger

Duration: 90min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Sowerby, Leo (1895-1968): Synconata, 1924  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for symphonic jazz orchestra; written for Paul Whitman's band

Duration: 10min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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.

Grofé, Ferde (1892-1972): Metropolis: A Blue Fantasy, 1928

Remarks: symphonic jazz tone poem for orchestra, piano and male trio; premiere in October 1928 at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Duration: 16min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

A recording is available here.


1930-1939

Blitzstein, Marc (1905-1964): Romantic Piece for Orchestra, op. 47, 1930

Publisher: Kurt Weill Foundation (B98 R59)

Remarks: for 3 fl, 2 ob, heckelphone, 2 cl, bscl, 2 bsn, cbn, 4 hrn, 3 trp, 3 trb, 3 timp, perc, pno and strings; dedicated to Eva Goldbeck

Duration: 17min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Hindemith, Rudolf (1900-1974): Konzertmusik, 1930  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: Hindemith-Institut, Frankfurt (ms)

Remarks: Overtüre - Foxtrott – Variationen

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Chávez, Carlos (1899-1978): Symphony No. 1 (Sinfonía de Antígona), 1933

Publisher: G. Schirmer Inc.

Remarks: premiere on 15 December 1933 in Mexico City, Mexico, under Carlos Chávez

Duration: 11min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Copland, Aaron (1900-1990): Short Symphony (Symphony No. 2), 1933

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Remarks: premiere on 23 November 1934 in Mexico City, Mexico, by the Orquesta Sinfónica de México under Carlos Chávez

Duration: 15min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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


1940-1949

Tyberg, Marcel (1893-1944): Symphony No. 3, 1943

Remarks: premiere on 10 May 2008 in Buffalo (NY), USA, by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta

Duration: 37min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Erdmann, Eduard (1896-1958): Symphony No. 3, op. 19, 1947

Publisher: Ries & Erler, Berlin

Remarks: for large orchestra; dedicated to Irene Erdmann; premiere 25 September 1951 by the Städtisches Orchester Essen under Gustav König

Duration: 48min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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


1950-1959

Hindemith, Rudolf (1900-1974): Ballettmusik (new version for orchestra), 1953  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: Hindemith-Institut, Frankfurt (ms)

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Mielenz, Hans (1909-1996): Concerto für Heckelphon und Orchester, op. 60, 1959

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for heckelphone and orchestra; based on a 12-tone-series; first recording and broadcast in November 1982 by Georg Otto Klapproth (heckelphone) and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie under Reinhard Peters; first live performance on 5 May 1985 in Darmstadt, Germany, by Georg Otto Klapproth (heckelphone) and the Staatstheaterorchester Darmstadt under Hans Drewanz

Duration: 16min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo


1960-1969

Courage, Alexander (1919-2008): Stark Trek: The Cage (TV series), 1965

Remarks: pilot episode of the original Star Trek series; rejected by NBC and later mostly incorporated into the 2-part 1966 episode "The Menagerie"; original version released on VHS in 1986 and first broadcast in 1988

Duration: 64min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Badings, Henk (1907-1987): Concerto for Harp, 1967

Publisher: Donemus (03780)

Remarks: for harp and small orchestra or wind orchestra; commissioned by Robert Austin Boudreau; dedication: Phia Berghout

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; wind ensemble, orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Das Floß der Medusa, 1968

Publisher: Schott Music (ED 6326)

Remarks: Requiem for Che Guevara; for soprano, baritone, narrator, mixed chorus and large orchestra; text by Ernst Schnabel, including passages from Dante's Divina Comedia; premiere on 29 January 1971 in Vienna; revised in 1990

Duration: 70min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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


1970-1979

Bartholomeé, Pierre (1937-): Harmonique, 1970

Publisher: Universal Edition

Remarks: for orchestra

Duration: 19min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Childs, Barney (1926-2000): Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, 1970

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

Remarks: commissioned by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin College Conservatory; dedicated to Phillip Rehfeldt

Duration: 17min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Dessau, Paul (1894-1979): 14 Stücke aus "Internationale Kriegsfibel", 1944-1970

Publisher: Edition Peters (EP5546)

Remarks: for 4 solo voices, mixed chorus and orchestra

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Hespos, Hans Joachim (1938-): Interactions, 1971

Publisher: Verlag Neue Musik (NM2100)

Remarks: for orchestra

Duration: 13min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Ruzicka, Peter (1948-): Metastrofe (Versuch eines Ausbruchs für 87 Instrumentalisten), 1971

Publisher: Sikorski (rental)

Remarks: commissioned by RIAS Berlin; premiere on 4 Mai 1971 in Berlin, Germany, by the SFB/WDR Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Michael Gielen

Duration: 12min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Ruzicka, Peter (1948-): Etym (Einblendung für großes Orchester), 1973

Publisher: Sikorski (rental)

Remarks: premiere on 23 March 1976 in Royan, France, by the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire under Jean-Claude Casadeus

Duration: 4min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Hespos, Hans Joachim (1938-): Che, 1975

Publisher: Verlag Neue Musik (NM2197)

Remarks: for large orchestra (2 conductors)

Duration: 22min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Hespos, Hans Joachim (1938-): O: Kammermusik für Orchester, 1976

Publisher: Verlag Neue Musik (NM2134)

Remarks: for orchestra

Duration: 21min

Tags: piccolo heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Huber, Nicolaus A. (1939-): Gespenster, 1976

Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel (rental)

Remarks: for large orchestra, tape and singer/speaker; text by Berholt Brecht; premiere on 18 May 1977 in Bonn, Germany

Duration: 17min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Rose, Griffith (1936-2016): même, 1977

Remarks: for solo baritone and orchestra; after "Le Grand Verre" by Marcel Duchamp; premiere in 1978 in Metz, France, by Jesse Coston (piano) and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken under Cristóbal Halffter

Duration: 25min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Dusapin, Pascal (1955-): Timée, 1978

Publisher: Editions Jobert

Duration: 15min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Hespos, Hans Joachim (1938-): Go, 1978

Publisher: Verlag Neue Musik (NM1945)

Remarks: for ensemble

Duration: 6min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Ruzicka, Peter (1948-): Abbrüche (Neun Phasen für großes Orchester), 1977-1978

Publisher: Sikorski (SIK 875)

Remarks: commissioned by the city of Düsseldorf; premiere on 6 April 1978 in Düsseldorf, Germany, by the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker under Bernhard Klee

Duration: 14min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Barcarola, 1979

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: for large orchestra; commissioned by the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft, Zürich; dedicated to Paul Dessau; premiere on 22 April 1980 in Zürich, Switzerland, by the Tonhalle-Orchester under Gerd Albrecht

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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


1980-1989

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Symphony No. 6, 1979-1980

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company; premiere on 13 February 1980 in Helsinki, by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jorma Panula

Duration: 34min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Badings, Henk (1907-1987): Concert Piece (Phantasy and quodlibet on marksmenmarch-motifs), 1980  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Edition Peters (rental)

Remarks: for clarinet solo, 14 woodwinds, 4 French horns and timpani

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Krouse, Ian (1956-): Symphony No. 1 (Canción de Yerma), op. 10, 1980  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for soprano, mezzosoprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra; revised 2018

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Schulze, Werner (1952-): Snúningur (Five Pieces for Orchestra), op. 6, 1980

Duration: 24min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Le miracle de la rose (Imaginäres Theater II), 1981

Publisher: Schott Music (ED 7124)

Remarks: music for clarinet and 13 players; commissioned by the London Sinfonietta; premiere on 26 May 1982 in London, UK, by Anthony Pay (clarinet) and the London Sinfonietta under Hans Werner Henze

Duration: 40min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Symphonie Nr. 7, 1983-1984

Publisher: Schott Music (ED 7349)

Remarks: for large orchestra; commissioned by the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester for their 100th anniversary; premiere on 1 December 1984 in Berlin, Germany, by the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester under Gianluigi Gelmetti

Duration: 46min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Köhler, Johannes R. (1933-): Zärtlichkeit (album), 1985

Publisher: Musik zum Streicheln

Remarks: dedicated to "Menschen f. Menschen"; heckelphone can be heard prominently in "Durch dich wird jeder Traum zur Wirklichkeit"

Duration: 45min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

A recording is available here.

Wolking, Henry (1948-): Concerto for Heckelphone & String Orchestra, 1985

Publisher: Wolking Music Publications

Remarks: commissioned and premiered by Douglas Craig and the Utah Virtuosi

Duration: 12min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo

Additional information can be found here.

Arseneault, Raynald (1945-1995): Prélude à l'infini pour orchestre, 1986

Publisher: Canadian Music Centre (MI 1100 A781pr, ms)

Remarks: commissioned by Societé Radio Canada

Duration: 7min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Köhler, Johannes R. (1933-): Träumereien (album), 1987

Publisher: Musik zum Streicheln

Remarks: dedicated to "Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe"; a heckelphone part is prominently heard in "Träume in der Dämmerung"

Duration: 53min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

A recording is available here.

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, 1988-1989

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: commissioned by the Helsinki Festival; premiere on 29 August 1990 at the Helsinki Festival, by Roland Pöntinen (piano) and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Russel Davies

Duration: 32min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Delz, Christophe (1950-1993): Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), op. 12, 1988-1989

Publisher: Edition Gravis

Remarks: for piano and small orchestra

Duration: 29min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Mielenz, Hans (1909-1996): Elegie, op. 123, 1989

Publisher: Heckel Archives (ms)

Remarks: for heckelphone (or oboe) and organ (or piano, orchestra)

Tags: heckelphone; keyboard instrument, orchestra


1990-1999

Denhoff, Michael (1955-): Tableaux Sombres, op. 60, 1990

Publisher: Edition Gravis (EG 256)

Remarks: for heckelphone & orchestra; commissioned by the City of Münster; premiere in 1991

Duration: 21min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo

Additional information can be found here.

Gasser, Ulrich (1950-): Der vierte König, 1989-1990

Publisher: ms

Remarks: oratorio for solo voices, chamber chorus, chorus, instruments and lithophone; text by Klaus Röhring, after Edzard Schaper; premiere May 2006 in Zürich, by Vokalensemble Zürich

Duration: 90min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Lombardi, Luca (1945-): Con Faust (Poema in musica), 1990

Publisher: Ricordi

Remarks: symphonic pictures for chorus (ad libitum) and orchestra; premiere on 28 May 1992 in Saarbrücke, Germany, by the Orchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks under Markus Stenz; the second movement (La notte di Valpurga) is also performed separately; both movements have heckelphone parts

Duration: 23min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Müller-Wieland, Jan (1966-): Poem des Morgens, 1991

Publisher: Sikorski (rental)

Remarks: for large orchestra; premiere on 10 January 1993 in Hamburg, Germany, by the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg under Gerd Albrecht

Duration: 28min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Isaacs, Gregory Sullivan (1947-): Song Without Words, 1992  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for cor anglais and orchestra; version for heckelphone authorized by composer; other versions also exist

Duration: 9min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo

A recording is available here.

Mason, Benedict (1954-): !, 1992

Publisher: Chester Music

Remarks: for ensemble; commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for their 25th anniversary, with funds from the Strasbourg and the Arts Council of Great Britain; premiere on 4 October 1992 in Strasbourg, France

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Vidjeskog, Patrick (1964-): Två tämligen höga visor, op. 24, 1990-1992

Publisher: Music Finland (MF12400)

Remarks: for baritone and orchestra; text by Ole Torvalds

Duration: 14min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Riehm, Rolf (1937-): Das Schweigen der Sirenen, 1994

Publisher: Ricordi (Sy. 3217)

Remarks: music theatre; an earlier version for soprano, tenor and orchestra also exists; based on a short story by Franz Kafka; premiere on 9 October 1994 in Stuttgart, Germany

Duration: 90min

Tags: heckelphone; opera, orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Büsing, Otfried (1955-): Melos (Choralfantasie), 1995

Publisher: Civico Museo Bibliographia Musicale Bologna

Remarks: for chamber orchestra with large organ

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Drei Orchesterstücke, 1995

Publisher: Schott Music (ED 8954)

Remarks: based on a piano music by Karl Amadeus Hartmann; premiere on 5 July 1996 in München, Germany, by the Sinfonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Lorin Maazel

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Reimann, Aribert (1936-): Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, 1995-1996

Publisher: Schott Music

Remarks: commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; premier on 15 May 1997 in Chicago (IL), USA, by Gidon Kremer (violin) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim

Duration: 25min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Schuller, Gunther (1925-2015): An Arc Ascending, 1996

Publisher: Wise Music (rental)

Remarks: for large orchestra

Duration: 9min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Sinfonia N. 9, 1995-1997

Publisher: Schott Music (ED 9212 Q3162)

Remarks: for mixed chorus and orchestra; commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Festival; dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of German antifascism; premiere on 11 September 1997 in Berlin, Germany, by the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester and Rundfunkchor Berlin under Ingo Metzmacher

Duration: 56min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Aristaeus (dramma in musica), 1997

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: per voce recitante (baritono) e orchestra; poetry by Hans Werner Henze; commissioned by Rundfunk-Orchester und -chöre GmbH Berlin; revised 2003; premiere on 1 February 2004 in Berlin, Germany, by Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski

Duration: 48min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Symphony No. 11 for six percussionists and orchestra, 1997-1998

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: premiere on 10 March 2000, by the Kroumata ensemble and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä

Duration: 34min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Kolme Bertrandin monologia (Three Monologues of Bertrand), 1998

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: cycle for baritone and orchestra from the opera "Aika ja uni" (The Age of Dreams); text by Paavo Rintala and Kalevi Aho; commissioned by the Savonlinna Opera Festival; premiere on 15 July 2000 at the Savonlinna Opera Festival

Duration: 13min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Ennen kuin me kaikki olemme hukkuneet (Before We Are All Drowned / Bevor wir alle ertrunken sind), 1995-1999

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: opera in two acts; the libretto of Kalevi Aho is based on the radio play of Juha Mannerkorpi; commissioned by the Finnish National Opera; premiere on 8 February 2001, by the Finnish National Opera under Osmo Vänskä

Duration: 2h10

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.


2000-2009

Dean, Brett (1961-): Amphitheatre (Scene for orchestra), 2000

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Remarks: commissioned by Symphony Australia, premiere on 16 June 2000 at Brisbane Concert Hall by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding

Duration: 11min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Sinfonia N. 10, 1997-2000

Publisher: Schott Music (ED 9545 Q6369)

Remarks: for large orchestra; commissioned by Paul Sacher; premiere on 17 August 2002 in Lucerne, Switzerland, by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle

Duration: 42min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Penderecki, Krzysztof (1933-2020): Suite from Paradise Lost, 2000

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: for soloists, choir and orchestra

Duration: 100min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Rihm, Wolfgang (1952-): Deus Passus (Passions-Stücke nach Lukas), 1999-2000

Publisher: Universal Edition

Remarks: oratorio; commissioned by Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart; premiere in August 2000 in Stuttgart, Germany

Duration: 100min

Tags: bass oboe, heckelphone; orchestra

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

Ruzicka, Peter (1948-): Erinnerung (Spuren für Klarinette und Orchester), 2000

Publisher: Sikorski (SIK 1989)

Remarks: commissioned by Südwestrundfunks; premiere on 20 October 2000 in Donaueschingen, Germany, by Sharon Kam (clarinet) and the SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg under Lothar Zagrosek

Duration: 16min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Gilberti, Adam (1981-): Reflections of Honor, 2002  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for large orchestra; alternate version for band

Duration: 23min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Rasch, Torsten (1965-): Mein Herz brennt, 2002

Publisher: Faber Music (rental)

Remarks: for bass-baritone voice, reciter and large orchestra; song-cycle based on the music and lyrics of Rammstein; premiere in October 2002, in Dresden, Germany, by René Pape (baritone), Katharina Thalbach (reciter) and the Dresdner Sinfoniker under John Carewe

Duration: 65min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Symphony No. 13 “Sinfonisia luonnekuvia” (Symphonic Character Studies), 2003

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: commissioned by the Lahti Sibelius Hall (for its 5th anniversary); premiere on 17 March 2005, by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä

Duration: 42min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Gilberti, Adam (1981-): Four Poems, 2003  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Remarks: for orchestra and mixed chorus

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Gubaidulina, Sofia (1931-): The Light of the End, 2003

Publisher: Sikorski Music Publishers

Remarks: for large orchestra; commissioned by Boston Symphony; premiere on 17 April 2003 in Boston, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Kurt Masur

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Reimann, Aribert (1936-): Tarde, 2003

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: for soprano and orchestra, based on a poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez; commissioned by Festival de Música de Canarias; premiere on 6 February 2004 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, by Claudia Barainsky (soprano) and Württembergisches Staatsorchester under Lothar Zagrosek

Duration: 23min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Schuller, Gunther (1925-2015): Encounters, 2003

Publisher: Wise Music (rental)

Remarks: for large orchestra and jass ensemble

Duration: 24min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Biriotti, León (1929-): XI Sinfonía concertante, 2004

Publisher: ms

Remarks: for heckelphone and orchestra

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo

Additional information can be found here.

Gilberti, Adam (1981-): Violin Concerto, 2004  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Trojahn, Manfred (1949-): Fünfte Sinfonie für großes Orchester, 2004

Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag (BA 7753-72, rental)

Remarks: scored for 2 heckelphones; premiere on 29 April 2004 in Munich, Germany, by Münchner Philharmoniker under Sylvain Cambreling

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, multiple

Additional information can be found here.

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra, 2004-2005

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: commissioned by Lewis Lipnick; premiere on 23 February 2006 in Bergen, Norway, by Lewis Lipnick (contrabassoon) and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton

Duration: 38min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Heucke, Stefan (1959-): Der Mensch (Ode für Alto und Orchester), op. 34a, 2005

Publisher: Schott Music

Remarks: ode for alto and orchestra, based on the poem by Friedrich Hölderlin; original 1999 version commissioned by Bettina Eickhoff; premiere on 13 May 2005 in Bochum, Germany, by Marina Sande (alto) and the Bochumer Symphoniker under Graham Jackson

Duration: 25min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Bonitz, Matthias (1951-): Der Tschao-Yang Palast, 2005-2006

Remarks: for soprano, chorus and orchestra; Chinese poetry in translations by Klabund

Duration: 31min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Kulenoviç, Vuk (1946-2017): Concerto for Heckelphone, 2006  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, 2007

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: commissioned by the Royal Flemish Symphony Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; premiere on 9 May 2007 in Antwerp, Belgium, by the Royal Flemish Symphony Orchestra

Duration: 32min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Brass, Nikolaus (1949-): L'inferno (Landschaft für Orchester), 2003-2007

Publisher: Ricordi, Sy. 3684

Remarks: commissioned by musica viva; premiere on 14 December 2007 at the Residenz München, Germany, by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Johannes Kalitzke

Duration: 25min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Curington, David: Session, 2007  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Publisher: Cambridge University (ms)

Remarks: for full orchestra

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Hamel, Micha (1970-): Snow White, op. 34, 2004-2007

Publisher: Donemus

Remarks: tragic operetta, after the novel 'Snow White' by Donald Barthelme; premiere on 19 January 2008 in Enschede, Netherlands

Duration: 150min

Tags: heckelphone, piccolo heckelphone; orchestra

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

Gilberti, Adam (1981-): Elegy, 2008  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Duration: 8min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Hudry, David (1978): Nachtspiegel, 2008

Publisher: BabelScores

Remarks: for large ensemble; premiere in October 2008 in Paris, France, by Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire, under Guillaume Bourgogne; dedicated to Emmanuel Nunes

Duration: 26min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Widmann, Jörg (1947-): Antiphon, 2007-2008

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: für Orchestergruppen; commissioned by Hessischer Rundfunk; premiere on 27 February 2008 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, by the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Paavo Järvi

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Aulio, Maxime (1980-): Symphonie de l'espace, op. 20, 2004-2009

Publisher: Association Française pour l’Essor des Ensembles à Vent (AFEEV)

Remarks: for large wind orchestra and chorus; the score shows the instrumentation to include "Heckelphone (Bass Oboe)", but labels the part "Baritone Oboe"

Duration: 50min

Tags: heckelphone, bass oboe; orchestra

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

Bertelson, Jan: Symphony in D Minor, op. 45, 2009  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: “Tabula Rasa”

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Gander, Bernhard (1969-): Lovely Monster, 2009

Publisher: Edition Peters, Leipzig

Remarks: for orchestra; premiere 10 October 2009 in Graz, by RSO Wien under Peter Eötvös

Duration: 13min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012): Opfergang (Immolazione), 2008-2009

Publisher: Chester Music (CH75020)

Remarks: for singers, instrumentalists and piano concertante; after a dramatic poem by Franz Werfel; commissioned by Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome; premiere on 10 January 2010 in Rome, Italy, by Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano

Duration: 45min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Tokke, Justin P. (1990-): Heckel, 2009

Publisher: sheet music available from the composer

Remarks: for solo heckelphone and chamber orchestra

Duration: 5min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra, solo

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


2010-2019

Gilberti, Adam (1981-): Prophecy (Biblical Story of Noah's Flood), 2010  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Trojahn, Manfred (1949-): Orest, 2011

Remarks: opera in six scenes, based on the play by Euripides; commissioned by Nederlandse Opera; premiere on 8 December 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Duration: 80min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Klein, Adam (1960-): De philosophia de scientia, 2013  [??]this entry has not (yet) been verified

Remarks: choral symphony

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Tsanoff, Hristo (1947-): Stabat Mater speciosa II, 2013

Remarks: for solo mezzo-soprano, children's chorus, mixed chorus and orchestra

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Widmann, Jörg (1947-): Babylon-Suite, 2014

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: for large orchestra; concertante version of Widmann’s opera "Babylon"; commissioned by Grafenegg Festival, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and St. David’s Hall the National Concert Hall of Wales; premiere on 21 August 2014 in Grafenegg, Austria, by the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under Kent Nagano

Duration: 30min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Trimmel, Raimund (1959-): Doppelkonzert für Kontrafagott und Heckelphon, 2015

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Aho, Kalevi (1949-): Symphony No. 17 (Sinfonisia freskoja), 2017

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman

Remarks: premiere on 4 April 2019 in Lahti, Finland, by Sinfonia Lahti under Dima Slobodeniuk; includes a lupophone part that, according to the composer, can also be played on heckelphone or bassoon

Duration: 65min

Tags: lupophone, heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.

Red Scarves: Sort of Scarlet, 2017

Remarks: heckelphone played by Eric Novak

Duration: 41min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Widmann, Jörg (1947-): ARCHE, 2017

Publisher: Schott Music (rental)

Remarks: oratorio for soloists, choirs, organ and orchestra; commissioned by the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie; premiere on 13 January 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, by the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg under Kent Nagano

Duration: 100min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Eötvös, Péter (1944-): Reading Malevich, 2017-2018  [?]this entry is only partially verified

Publisher: Schott Music

Remarks: for orchestra; commissioned by Roche; premiere on 1 September 2018 in Lucerne, Switzerland, by the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy under Matthias Pintscher"

Duration: 20min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

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

Plante, Cyril (1975): Heckelphone Concerto, op. 236, 2018

Remarks: for heckelphone and orchestra (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns and strings)

Duration: 11min

Tags: heckelphone; orchestra

Additional information can be found here.


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