Orchestral and ensemble works 1987

Five Little Concertos and Ritornellos

(Cinque piccoli concerti e ritornelli)

For orchestra

Year of composition 1987 (1983)
Duration 20 Minuten

I Per due Corni
II Per la Tromba
III Per il Trombone
IV Per l’Heckelphon, il Clarinetto contrabbasso ed il Contrabbasso
V Per il Violino

World premiere

World premiere 24. january 1988

London

London Sinfonietta

Conductor Simon Rattle

Comment

These five pieces are taken from the score of my opera “The English Cat” in which they serve as interludes, music played during the scene changes. They tell the audience of the invisible events of the drama and introduce new ones. For the concert version, I composed additional short passages to clarify the content of the individual movements. The music draws attention to certain thematic connections, including the waltz of Diabelli on which Beethoven wrote variations. The concertos themselves should be understood as small symphonic organisms whose principal thematic material is carried by the instruments named in the respective titles.

Hans Werner Henze

Instrumentation

2 Flauti anche Ottavini
2 Oboi2° anche Corno inglese e Heckelphon
2 Clarinetti1° anche Clarinetto piccolo e Clarinetto in la
2° anche Clarinetto basso e Clarinetto contrabbasso
2 Fagotti2° anche Controfagotto
2 Corni
1 Tromba
1 Trombone
Percussione IClaves
Verga
Guiro
Bacchette di vetro sospese
Metallofono basso
Crotali
Sonagli a mano
Percussione IITimpani
Suono di osso
Maracas
Log-drums
Tescini cinese
Sonagli a mano
Gong cinesi
Percussione III3 Piatti sospesi
Bambù sospeso
Castagnette
Tamburo di legno africano (grande)
Sistri
Cabaça
Vibrafono
Sonagli a mano
Arpa
Celesta
Pianoforte
6 Violini I
4 Violini II
3 Viole
3 Violoncelli
1 Contrabbasso