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Heckel-system Bassoon Fingerings

Heckel-system (German) bassoon

The Bassoon-Family Fingering Companion
An Annotated Index of Fingerings for Instruments in the Bassoon Family
Contained in English Wind Periodicals and Other Select Publications with Additional Material

By Terry B. Ewell
©1996-2011 by Terry B. Ewell and the International Double Reed Society. All Rights Reserved.

Heckel Bassoon Key and Hole Names

Suggested Heckel-System (German) Bassoon Fingerings for Musical Passages

Bartok, Bela. Concerto for Orchestra, fifth movement. Ewell, Terry B. (20 August 1994). In measures 59-72 use Cooper p. 278 with L. H. half-hole E for A4s throughout the passage. In measures 123 and 125 for F#4 use Cooper p. 233, use Cooper p. 263 for G#4 (but no whisper key) and Cooper p. 288 for A4.


   x x x | o o o        
     a c#


   / x x | x x o F

G#4:    Eb           A4:    Eb
    / x x | o o o F     x x x | o o o F
                          a c#

Bartok, Bela. Concerto for Orchestra, B4-F#4 slur. Millard, Christopher. BPP2, p. 61.

B4:     Eb              F#4:     Eb
    x x o | x x o F          o x o | x x G*
    c       Bb                  *flick G

Beethoven, Ludwig. Second Symphony, fourth movement. Corey, Gerald. To the World’s Bassoonists 4/2 (1974[75]): 4.


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Beethoven, Ludwig. Fourth Symphony, first movement opening. Sharrow, Leonard. The Double Reed 21/3 (December 1998): 112. For controlled and quiet Gb 4:

o o o | o x o Ab

Beethoven, Ludwig. Fourth Symphony, fourth movement. Ewell, Terry B. (Norman Herzberg, 20 August 1994). For clean articulation of the rapidly tongued A3, Bb3, and C4 sixteenths hold down the L. H. C flick key. For example, in the solo on Bb3-A3-Bb3 do not flick each note but keep the C flick key down for the duration of the three notes (lift on the following D4).