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Orchestral Audition / Excerpt Lists

This page is intended to be a resource for oboists and English hornists who are seeking sample audition or orchestral excerpt lists for study and preparation. It is organized into categories by how frequently they are requested on audition lists for both oboe (usually includes the significant oboe I, II, III, or IV parts) and English horn, as well as suggested sources for those pieces.

Source Guide

Symbol Source Description

VM + page #

Andraud: Vade Mecum of the Oboist. Southern Music Co. A compilation of technical studies, etudes, and selective orchestral excerpts.
CD1 The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library: Volume 1. Hal Leonard Co. Contains complete oboe 1, 2, 3, and English horn orchestral parts. Easy to print on home computer.
CD2 The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library: Volume 2. Hal Leonard Co. Contains complete oboe 1, 2, 3, and English horn orchestral parts. Easy to print on home computer.
CD3 The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library: Volume 3. Hal Leonard Co. Contains complete oboe 1, 2, 3, and English horn orchestral parts. Easy to print on home computer.
CD4 The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library: Volume 4. Hal Leonard Co. Contains complete oboe 1, 2, 3, and English horn orchestral parts. Easy to print on home computer.
CD5 The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library: Volume 5. Hal Leonard Co. Contains complete oboe 1, 2, 3, and English horn orchestral parts. Easy to print on home computer.
CD6 The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library: Volume 6. Hal Leonard Co. Contains complete oboe 1, 2, 3, and English horn orchestral parts. Easy to print on home computer.
RB Evelyn Rothwell: Difficult Passages from the works of J.S. Bach. Boosey & Hawkes. Oboe, oboe d'amore and oboe d'acaccia excerpts from Bach's cantatas, masses, concertos, and more.
R1 Evelyn Rothwell: Difficult Passages Volume 1. Boosey & Hawkes Challenging excerpts of major orchestral works for practice and study.
R2 Evelyn Rothwell: Difficult Passages Volume 2. Boosey & Hawkes Challenging excerpts of major orchestral works for practice and study.
R3 Evelyn Rothwell: Difficult Passages Volume 3. Boosey & Hawkes Challenging excerpts of major orchestral works for practice and study.
M Mahler: Orchester Studien. Zimmerman/Frankfurt. Passages for oboe 1, 2, 3, 4, & EH from Mahler's works for practice and study.
W Wagner: Orchestral Studies from Operas and Concert Works. International Music Company. Selections for oboe and EH from Wagner's works for practice and study.

OBOE

Composer Frequently Requested Sources
Bach, J.S. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 RB
Cantata No. 56 RB
Cantata No. 82 RB
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 CD1, R1
Symphony No. 6 CD1, R1
Symphony No. 7 CD1, R1
Brahms Violin Concerto CD3, R1
Symphony No. 1 CD3, R1
Symphony No. 2 CD3, R1
Berlioz Romeo and Juliet CD1
Debussy La Mer CD2
Mahler Symphony No. 3 CD2, M
Mozart Oboe Concerto R2, CD6
Ravel Tombeau de Couperin VM171
Rossini La Scala di Seta CD1, R2
Strauss Don Juan R3
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 CD4, R2
  Also Requested  
Bach, J.S. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 RB, VM
Cantata No. 21 RB
Cantata No. 26 RB
Cantata No. 56 RB
Suite No .1 RB
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 CD1, R1
Symphony No. 4 CD1, R1
Symphony No. 9 CD1, R1
Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini CD1
The Damnation of Faust VM95
Symphonie Fantastique CD1, R1
Barber Symphony No. 1  
Brahms Variations on a T-heme of Haydn CD3, R1
Symphony No. 3 CD3, R1
Symphony No .4 CD3, R1
Dukas Sorcerer's Apprentice VM148
Dvorak Cello Concerto  
Symphony No. 7  
de Falla Amor Brujo  
Mahler Symphony No. 10 CD2, M
Mendelssohn Symphony No .3 CD1, R2
Mozart Cosi fan tutte R2, CD6
Symphony No. 41 R2, CD6
Prokofiev Classical Symphony R3
Lieutenant Kije  
Peter and the Wolf  
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe  
La Valse  
Rossini La Gazza Ladra CD1
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade R3, CD5
Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 CD2
Schubert Symphony No. 7 CD1, R2
Symphony No. 8 CD1, R2
Schumann Symphony No. 2 CD3, R2
Symphony No. 4 CD3, R2
Sibelius Symphony No .2  
Smetana "Bartered Bride" Overture R2, CD5
Strauss Till Eulenspiel VM159
Stravinsky Firebird  
Petrouchka R3
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien CD4
Piano Concerto No .1 CD4, R2
Wagner Parsifal W

 

ENGLISH HORN

Composer

Frequently Requested Sources
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture CD1, R2
Symphony Fantastique CD1, R2
Debussy Nocturnes CD2, VM193
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 VM156, CD5
Franck Symphony in d minor CD3, R2
Respighi Pines of Rome  
Rossini William Tell Overture CD1, R2
Shostakovich Symphony No. 8  
Symphony No. 11  
Wagner Tristan and Isolde R2, W
  Also Requested  
Berlioz Harold in Italy CD1
Debussy La Mer  
de Falla Three cornered Hat  
Strauss Ein Heldenleben  
Ravel Rhapsodie espagnole  
Piano Concerto in G  
Shostakovich Symphony No. 8  
Sibelius Swan of Tuonela VM165
Strauss Till Eulenspiel VM159
Stravinsky Petrouchka R3
Le Sacre du Printemps R3
Mahler Kindertotenlieder M

 

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