from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woodwind instrument of the oboe family, with a pitch between that of an English horn and a bassoon.

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  • n. an oboe pitched an octave below the ordinary oboe


German Heckelphon, after Wilhelm Heckel (1879-1952), German musical instrument maker.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • In addition, Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi returns to La Monnaie and brings out the full glory of the large orchestra Strauss scored the piece for, including two harps and a heckelphone, a sort of giant oboe.

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