Vocal pieces 2003

Aristaeus

dramma in musica

per voce recitante (baritono) e orchestra

Poetry by Hans Werner Henze

Year of composition 1997, rev. 2003
Duration 48 minutes
Commissioned by Rundfunk-Orchester und -chöre GmbH Berlin

I Ouvertüre

II Prolog

III Adagio

IV "All three of us were ravished ...“

V "The journey is southbound"

VI Nocturne

VII "I'm calling loudly ..."

VIII Grave

IX"An evil smell of petroleum is disseminating ..."

X Lonely

XI "And there is now another human being ..."

XII (without description)

XIII "A moonbeam hits the sleeping …"

XIV Moderato

XV "Did Eurydike forget me?"

XVI Lacrimosa

XVII "Sheets of floating ice have piled up ..."

XVIII Epilogue

XIX Finale

World premiere

World premiere February 1st, 2004
Berlin • Konzerthaus

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Narrator Martin Wuttke
Conductor Marek Janowski

Instrumentation

3 Flutes                               2° doubling Piccolo and Alto Flute
3°  Piccolo and Bass Flute      
3 Oboes1°  Oboe d'amore
2°  Cor anglais
3°  Heckelphone
3 Clarinets2°  Clarinet in E flat and Bass Clarinet in B flat
3°  Bass Clarinet in B flat
and Double Bass Clarinet in B flat
1 Soprano Saxophone Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone
3 Bassoons3°  Double Bassoon
6 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in C
3 Trombones (Alto, Tenor, Bass)
1 Bass Tuba
Percussion4 Players
I

4 Timpani
Side Drum
Bass Drum
Claves
Antique Cimbals
Hand Bells
Tubular Bells
Loo-jon

II5 Triangels
Antique Cymbals
4 suspended Cymbals
3 Tam-tams
2 Metal sheets (high/low)
Hand Bells
Flexatone
Guiro
Ratchet
IIITambourine
Side Druml
Tom-toms
Boo-bams
5 Hearth Bells
Hand Bells
Sistrum
Wind machine
Vibraphone
IVTom-toms
Temple Blocks
Lotos Flute
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Hand Bells
Guitar
Harp
Celesta
Piano
Strings