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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 00:30:13 -0400
From: Robert Howe <>
Subject: Re: bass oboe

I am responding to Jim's question about the bass oboe:
jim and joyce wrote:
> does anyone use these things for anything?   (like someone with a dozen
> metal clarinets really worries about utility)

I use it for the few works that call for it, and as a personal
expression.  It is a very very expressive instrument.

Robert Howe

Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 00:38:49 -0400
From: Robert Howe <>
Subject: Re: bass oboe
Reply-To: wrote:

> I know someone who was able to order a bass oboe low B flat extention (thru
> Forrest's) for a Strauss piece.  I know they are not included on Loree basses
> or d'amores, but Patricola has the on special order.

Good to know.  Strauss' Heckelphone part to Salome can be played on bass
oboe, in the absence of a Hecklephone, but there is an exposed low Bb.
This would solve it.

Robert Howe

Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 01:31:33 -0400
From: "farfl's house" <>
Subject: Worth of Sarrusophones

> From:
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:15:57 EDT
> Subject: Beecham and the sarrusophone
> Reply-To:
>     Speaking of the value of sarrusophones - I think they are worth what
> someone is willing to pay for  them.  They are antiques and of limited
> availability.  If a BBb contra come up for sale I suspect it would sell for
> quite a bit more than 2-3000.  A few years ago, Werner Schultz of Austria was
> selling a contrabass sarrusophone ( never said what key) and a heckelphone;
> he was asking a minimum of $20,000 per instrument, firm!!  Don't know if they
> sold...Michel

Ahhhh.......the voice of reason. Finally! Thanks for the support,
Not Contra-rily,

Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 22:23:40 +0200
From: Drake Mabry <>
Subject: Re: bass oboe

    I've been happy to see the recent discussions about the bass oboe and
heckelphone. Does anybody know of a bibliography listing 20th Century works
written for these instruments? Several bass oboe playing friends of mine in
France have asked me this question. They are especially interested in solo works
or ensemble works with prominent parts for the bass oboe.
    I've written only one work featuring the bass oboe, it's for bass oboe solo
with double reed ensemble accompaniment and is titled "Aria". If anyone knows of
other solo pieces I'll be happy to pass the info on to my friends.


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