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Re: OT: CHAT/OT: Heckelphones (was: English horn and such)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Thursday, April 25, 2002, 20:43
In a message dated 4/25/02 02.24.33 AM, ijzeren_jan@YAHOO.CO.UK writes:

> --- Danny Wier wrote: > >> Now an instrument that I'd LOVE to use in my compositions is a Heckelphone, >> which is one octave lower than an oboe or one octave higher than a bassoon, >> and has a dark rich sound more like the latter. <ZNiiP> I've heard short
samples >>of a Heckelphone and the sound is really something else, and makes me think of a >>more "baroque"-sounding tenor saxophone. This is the best description of the Heckelphone's qualities I have come across! (I knew an oboist/bassoonist/digiridoo-player in my Uni. of Houston days {"daze"}... she rented a Heckelphone once to do some part in a Strauss piece... costed her orchestra $1,000 US a day!!!)
> [ . . .] >First of all, I agree with you, that it is a VERY interesting and VERY >beautiful instrument.
Yep... Since hearing my friend's Heckelphone and digiridoo playing, I recurrently dream of hearing a piece with Heckelphone, digiridoo, cello, bull-roarer, and two amplified toy pianos (one small "upright", one "baby grand") in the middle of a desert ghosttown... truly haunting and poignant... [BTW I am getting a toy piano soon... :) ] <ZNiiP> The problem with both Heckelphones and baritone oboes is, that there are
>very little instruments available (I once heard, that in Holland there are
>six Heckelphones), and as a result, very little players. <SNiP>
Believe it or not, Texas -circa mid-1980's - had 3 Heckelphones. One in Houston, one in Dallas and one in "undisclosed location, private ownership."
>For further listening I recommend: > [ . . .] > - Dipl'ereoo, a work by a Dutch composer, Cornelis de Bondt, IIRC for choir, >two celli, two double-basses, two Heckelphones, two bass clarinets, and
>more I can't remember right now. I performed it once with my choir; it >is an amazing pieces. <ZNiiP>
I wonder if Dipl'ereoo has been recorded to CD yet...
>- Richard Strauss used it sometimes in the orchestra (Salome and Elektra, >I think).
IIRC yep, both...
>ObConlang: > >Heckelphone in Hattic would be "hekelfon". Surprised?
in creolegoplex: precise musical name = _ Heckel-aerfon _ /hek@L.aer.fon/ _ ecullv'on_ /ekuL.v_hon/ for short, "v'onativizi" (phonativized) form Hanuman Zhang ~ "When you lose a language, it's like dropping a bomb on a museum." ~ Kenneth Hale -----------~§~----------- in _ creo.legoplex _ legoset = ¡ gwerra lexicomplex aumni-morda ! ¡ banc poli legoplex ! creo legoplex ! trans-litteral-slice-ation into English: War {on} language-system all-death ! <fight linguistic extinction!> Save multiple language{s}! Create language[s]!