Heckelphone / Bass Oboe Repertoire

Excerpt: Compositions for Piccolo Heckelphone

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.

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Andreyev, Samuel (1981-): Moving, 2005-2006

Publisher: Edition Impronta

Remarks: for piccolo heckelphone, viola and piano; revised 2015 for musette, viola and piano

Duration: 9min

Tags: piccolo heckelphone; chamber music

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


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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.

Hespos, Hans Joachim (1938-): Fahl-Brüchig, 1971

Publisher: Verlag Neue Musik (NM1887)

Remarks: for piccolo heckelphone, basset horn and cello

Duration: 6min

Tags: piccolo heckelphone; chamber music

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.


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Monteverdi, Claudio (1567-1643): L'Orfeo (adaptation by Carl Orff, 1923

Remarks: opera in three acts; first version with parts for two "soprano heckelphones" to substitute for the cornetts used in the original version; premiere on 17 April 1925 in Mannheim, Germany

Duration: 60min

Tags: piccolo heckelphone; opera, multiple

Additional information can be found here.


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Schorno, Daniel (1963-): garden of dream / folie à deux, 2006

Remarks: 'pocket opera' after the novel 'Folie à deux' by Rebecca Brown; for oboe, electronic piccolo heckelphone, soprano and sound objects; premiere on 28 July 2006 in Stuttgart, Germany, by STEIM with Ernest Rombaut (piccolo heckelphone)

Tags: piccolo heckelphone; opera

Additional information can be found here.


To suggest additions or corrections to the repertoire list, please contact heckelphone@gmx.net.
All rights reserved by Peter Hurd and Holger H. Hoos, 2021.