Concerto for Heckelphone
& Orchestra


Fabian Müller

Concerto for Heckelphone & Orchestra

Proposal for a fascinating sound world and an innovative surprising concert-program

The Heckelphone's great expressivity is surprising and fascinating. In his Concerto Swiss composer Fabian Müller brings the Heckelphone together with the symphonic orchestra. The result is a large-scale three-movement concerto that shows this instrument in a new light.

Demo recording

The following Audio files are realized as demo-recordings produced with sampled orchestra in the computer.

The orchestral sounds give just a hint of the real sound. Please use a good headphone or Stereo-equipment


About the Concerto for Heckelphone & Orchestra

Orchestra: 1121 2120, timpani, perc. harp. piano. Strings
Duration: approx. 20 '

Work text by the composer: After finishing my new opera for the Biel and Solothurn theaters in spring 2020 I found time to write a work for an instrument that has long fascinated me with its wonderfully lyrical, melancholy sound. The German instrument maker Wilhelm Heckel developed this baritone oboe an instrument that sounds between the English horn and the bassoon. Apart from the well-known works with a Heckelphone orchestral part, Salome, Elektra or the Alpine Symphony by Strauss and a Trio by Hindemith, there is very little literature for Heckelphone. Interest in it has grown lately and I am convinced it will increasingly play an enriching role in the future. With this instrument, too, the great expressive potential for concert use with orchestral accompaniment is still unused.


Fabian Müller, composition



Fabian Müller’s (*1964) works have been performed by some of the great musicians ofour time including David Zinman, Andris Nelson, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood and Steven Isserlis and in venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York,Berliner Philharmonie, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Tonhalle Zurich, the KKL Lucerne, and at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

Numerous CD recordings with, among others, the Philharmonia Orchestra (under David Zinman), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra or the Petersen Quartet Berlin (for ARS Produktion, col legno, Capriccio, Sony Classical, etc.) show his versatile oeuvre.


Following his cello studies at the Zurich Conservatory with Claude Starck, Fabian Müller studied composition in Zurich and the USA, where in 1996 he won the Jacob Druckman Award for Orchestral Composition.


In 2006, he received a cultural award from the Canton of Zurich and, in 2012, the Zollikon Art Prize for his work to date. In 2016 he was one of the nominees of the Swiss Music Prize of the Federal Office of Culture.

In addition to his work as a composer, he is interested in folk music. For ten years (1991- 2002), he worked on the publication of the Hanny Christen Collection, a ten-volume folk music anthology with over 10.000 tunes from the 19th century

Eiger  -  A symphonic Sketch

Premiere live at Festival «Interlakner Musikfestwochen» 2004

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons

Nachtgesänge -Orchestral Songs

Malena Ernman, Mezzo-Soprano 

«Nachtgesänge» (Orchestral songs by Fabian Müller

1999) after poems by Hermann Hesse

Philharmonia Orchestra, London

David Zinman