Vocal pieces 1961

A Jewish Chronicle (Jüdische Chronik)

IV. Uprising

Joint composition project for alto and baritone, chamber choir, 2 speakers and small orchestra

Words Jens Gerlach

Year of composition 1961
Duration 35 minutes

World premieres

World premiere 14. january 1966

Cologne
WDR-Sinfonieorchester

Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi

World premiere 15. february 1966

Leipzig
Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Contralto Anna Barová
Baritone Vladimir Bauer
Narrator Ekkehard Schall, Hilmar Thate

Conductor Herbert Kegel

Comment

A joint project of composers from both parts of Germany (GDR and FRG);
the premieres took place in Cologne and Leipzig at different times in 1966.

The complete work consists of 5 movements:

I Boris Blacher: Prologue (This is happening today)
II Rudolf Wagner-Régeny: Untitled (Will the voices be calling?)
III Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Ghetto (It will be reported)
IV Hans Werner Henze/Paul Dessau: Uprising (Oh soil don’t cover my blood)
V Paul Dessau: Epilogue (This is happening today)

Instrumentation

2 Flöten                   
2 Oboen
3 Klarinetten
2 Fagotte
1 Kontrafagott
2 Trompeten
2 Posaunen
1 Tuba
Pauken
Schlagzeug
Harfe
Klavier
Kontrabass