Terz Heckelphone

3. January 2019 By Comments Off


The bore of the terz heckelphone is very wide, so that a shawm-like sound is created. The instrument stands in high E♭ and reaches to a depth of D4. The production of the terz heckelphone was stopped suddenly and the instruments were rarely used. Richard Strauss, who was already enthusiastic about the piccolo heckelphone, used the terz heckelphone in the performance of the Second Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.


The extremely rare terz heckelphone was only made once in 1915 exclusively for the composer Richard Strauss. However, the instrument was never used in his works.

As part of the Heckelphone Festival, the terz heckelphone was presented and exhibited in Garmisch-Partenkirchen together with the smaller piccolo heckelphone in June 2024.