Vocal pieces 1958 1963

Chamber Music 1958 (Kammermusik 1958)

On the hymn “In lieblicher Bläue” by Friedrich Hölderlin

For tenor, guitar and eight solo instruments
Dedicated to Benjamin Britten

Year of composition 1958
Revised version
1963
Duration 40 minutes

I Prefazione
II In lieblicher Bläue
III Tento I, Du schönes Bächlein
IV Innen aus Verschiedenem entsteht
V Tento II, Es findet das Aug' oft
VI Gibt es auf Erden ein Maß?
VII Sonata
VIII Möcht ich ein Komet sein?
IX Cadenza
X Wenn einer in den Spiegel siehet
XI Tento III, Sohn Laios'
XII Wie Bäche reisset das Ende von etwas mich dahin
XIII Adagio (Epilogo)

World premiere

World premiere 26. november 1958

Hamburg · Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Orchestermitglieder des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
Tenor Peter Pears
Guitar Julian Bream
Conductor Hans Werner Henze

Comment

A number of sketches for this work were made in Greece in the summer of 1958. When the work was finished, I dedicated it to Benjamin Britten. In 1963, on the occasion of the 60th birthday of my old friend Josef Rufer, I added an epilogue in which I recapture the mood of the whole work and introduce a sort of quotation from Schönberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1, as a greeting to Rufer who devoted his whole life to the Viennese master.

Hans Werner Henze

Instrumentation

1 Clarinetto
1 Fagotto
1 Corno
Chitarra
Quintetto d’archi (o gruppi d’archi ad lib.)