The Kreul oboe: history of a family business

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Thomas C. Pappas (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Michael Burns

Abstract: Kreul oboes were the most significant oboes made in Germany during the second half of the twentieth century. In the 1990s the Kreul company, after mergers with Marigaux and Uebel, became the largest producer of oboes in the world. During fifty years of manufacturing, Kreul oboes reached nearly all corners of the world. The purpose of this study is to help preserve the legacy of the Kreul oboe, its makers, and their contribution to the field of oboe. A thorough survey of existing literature has been conducted. This study combines existing information into one document for the first time. At the heart is an interview with Joachim Kreul, conducted by the author in 2007. The transcription of this interview is included in the appendices, along with documents provided by Joachim and Helga Kreul, such as technical drawings, advertisements from various catalogues, and newspaper articles about the company. This study presents a biographical overview of the Kreul family, an historic account of the Kreul family business, and a discussion of the Kreul oboe. The story of the Kreul oboe involves several generations of Kreul family members: Hans I, Hans II, and [Hans] Joachim Kreul are the principal characters, each taking over the business from the previous generation. The following are discussed in context: Musikwinkel, Püchner, Stowasser, Ben Storch, Mirafone, Arthur Jensen, Boehm system oboe, Kreul & Moosmann bassoons, Oboe-Fagott, acquisitions of Marigaux and F. Arthur Uebel, and Joachim Kreul Holzblasinstrumente. It is the focus of this study to enhance and further the knowledge of oboists and to serve as a historical reference for future generations, by documenting this important period in oboe history.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2011
Kreul, Oboe
Oboe $x History $y 20th century

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