Solo/Soli with Orchestra


Tabuteau’s knowledge of the solo repertoire for oboe and orchestra, was, in large part, centered around the music of J.S. Bach. Other than the concertos and first orchestral suite, Tabuteau performed Bach’s fabulous oboe sinfonias, arias, and choruses mainly at the Bethlehem Bach and Casals Festivals (see repertoire below). To be sure, there were many arrangements of Bach’s organ works by Leopold Stokowski, some of which have extensive oboe solos (the Fugue in G Minor BWV 578 comes to mind) but this repertory has yet to be explored in detail by the editors. There is written record that Marcel Tabuteau performed the following pieces. It is possible that more may come to light.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Meine Seele rühmt und preist (actual composer: Melchior Hoffman), BWV 189.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Cantata Ich bin in mir vergnügt, BWV 204.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Missa in H Moll, BWV 232.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Magnificat, BWV 243a.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Matthäuspassion, BWV 244.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Johannespassion, BWV 245.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Österoratorium Sinfonia, BWV 249.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Weinachtsoratorium Part IV, BWV 248.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060R.

Tabuteau performed the following works with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a solo/soli capacity. The date of his first performance of each piece will be noted when obtainable.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV, 1046: November 12, 1926.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV, 1047: February 25, 1920.

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Matthäuspassion, BWV 244: March 29, 1917 (excerpts).

Godard, Benjamin. Scènes écossaises, Op. 138 (1st mvt. – Lègende pastorale): March 27, 1924.

Handel, Georg Friedrich. Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 1, HWV 312: February 10, 1922

Handel, Georg Friedrich. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287: November 15, 1915.

Hanson, Howard. Pastorale for Oboe, Strings, and Harp, Op. 38: October 20, 1950 (World Premiere).

Ibert, Jacques.  Escales: October 30, 1936.

Kennan, Kent. Andante for Oboe: November 22, 23, 1946. [Due to Tabuteau’s illness, John de Lance substituted as soloist.]

Lefebvre, Charles. Deux Pièces pour le hautbois et orchestre, Op. 102: November 7, 1917.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.  Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 297b (unfounded attribution):  October 21, 1927.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Oboe Quartet, K 370: April 30, 1920 – Leopold Stokowski orchestration; December 21, 1951 – Harl McDonald orchestration.

Pierné, Gabriel.  Fantaisie PastoraleApril 21, 1945.

Ravel, Maurice. Le tombeau de Couperin: February 4, 1921.

Ropartz, Guy. Pastorale et danses (2nd mvt. – Danses):  February 1, 1922.

Sibelius, Jean.  Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 (2nd mvt. – The Swan of Tuonela): Recorded May 1929 (English horn).

Concertos Being Prepared for Performance

During the early 1960s, a  number of Baroque concertos were mailed to Tabuteau in Nice from the USA by Marc Mostovoy for his consideration in preparation for a recording project being planned. Certain pieces were rejected because the editions were poor or the music was not to his liking. Six works were deemed acceptable. The specific concertos by Albinoni, Telemann and Vivaldi are not remembered.

Albinoni, Tomaso. Concerto.

Cimerosa, Domenico.  Concerto (arr. by Arthur Benjamin).

Handel, Georg Friedrich. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287.

Marcello, Alessandro.  Oboe Concerto in C Minor (elaboration of the slow movement by Richard Laushmann).

Telemann, Georg Philipp. Concerto.

Vivaldi, Antonio. Concerto.