Topic: Double Reed ensemble recommendations?

Can you recommend music that is not too difficult for 2 oboes, 1 English Horn, and 2 bassoons (and maybe contra) for a high school double reed ensemble with limited rehearsal time?  I would like to program one original work from the Baroque and two other fun pieces.  Thanks.


Re: Double Reed ensemble recommendations?

Carol, Write to TrevCo-Varner Music for a fine collection for that combination. Send a message to:

Christopher Weait,
Principal bassoon, Toronto Symphony (1968 - 1985)
IDRS Honorary Member; Emeritus professor Ohio State University

Re: Double Reed ensemble recommendations?

Can I suggest Gershwin's 'Rialto Ripples' Rag for 2 oboes, English Horn and 2 bassoons, available from

We also have a selection of other double reed ensemble pieces for players at all levels, including 3 movements from Bizet's Carmen and Beethoven's Turkish March which might also be perfect for your players, and a large number of oboe trio arrangements.

Hope this helps!

Anna Cooper

Re: Double Reed ensemble recommendations?

Carol, in addition to Trevco-Varner that Chris suggested, you may wish to search Sandro Caldini's English horn bibliography available on the IDRS main website … home.php?.  The code for the instrumentation you describe would be 2 ob,eh,2 bn.  Let us know if you find original Baroque works for this setting.
-best wishes,

Dr. Dwight Manning
Teachers College, Columbia University
Box 97 525 West 120th St. New York, NY 10027
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