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Heckel Phone
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The idea of the heckelphone, introduced in 1904, goes back to Richard Wagner, who in 1879, during a visit to Wilhelm Heckel, longed for an instrument that sounded an octave lower than the oboe, and at the same time possessed the soft and powerful sound of the Alpenhorn.
The was due, in particular, to its bore length and spherical bell, also called love foot, the heckelphone produces a sonorous tone, while retaining its soft and lovely sound.

The first use of the heckelphone was in Richard Strauss's 1905 opera Salome.
The instrument was subsequently employed in the same composer's Elektra, as well as An Alpine Symphony (though this part frequently calls for notes that are below the range of the heckelphone), osephslegende and Festliches Praeludium.

The heckelphone is often confused with F. Loree's redesigned Oboe baryton which was introduced in 1889, the term "bass oboe" being widely used to describe both instruments.
Among English composers of the early-20th century there was some vogue for the use of a "bass oboe", for example in Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets (1916), as well as in several works of Frederick Delius (A Mass of Life, 1904-1905; Dance Rhapsody No. 1, 1908), Arnold Bex's Symphony No. 1 (1921), and Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony (1919-1927) and Symphony No. 4 (Das Siegeslied).
However, it is not in all cases clear which of the two instruments is intended—indeed.

The heckelphone has also been employed in chamber music, one of the most notable instances being Hindemith's Trio for Heckelphone, Viola, and Piano, Op. 47 (1928).
Graham Waterhouse wrote Four Epigraphs after Escher, Op. 35 (1993) for the same instrumentation.
For all its potential in adding weight to the lower registers of the woodwind section, the heckelphone remains a rarity on the orchestral scene—only about 150 heckelphones have been produced, of which around 100 are believed to be extant—and is seldom carried on the regular roster of professional orchestras.
Competent players are thus rare.

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