Orchestral and ensemble works 1963

Los Caprichos

Fantasia per orchestra

Commissioned by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Year of composition 1963
Duration 20 minutes

I Nobody knows one’s own self
II Birds of a feather flock together
III The sleep of reason gives birth to monsters
IV Who is more devoted?
V She says “yes”, stretching out her hand to the first man who comes along
VI Of which illness will he die?
VII Thatdust...
VIII There was no way out
IX Beautiful mistress!

World premiere

World premiere April 6th, 1967

Duisburg
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi

Comment

Composition based on nine etchings from Goya’s satire on society of the same title (1796/98).

Hans Werner Henze

Instrumentation

1 Ottavino
2 Flauti
2 Oboi
1 Corno inglese
2 Clarinetti
1 Clarinetto basso
2 Fagotti
1 Controfagotto
2 Corni
3 Trombe
3 Tromboni
1 Tuba
Timpani
Percussione

Triangolo
Piatto sospeso
Piatti a due
Tamtam basso
3 Bongos
3 Tomtom
Tamburo militare
Grancassa e piatto
Grancassa
Xilofono
Vibrafono
Campanelli
[per 3]

Arpa
Pianoforte
Celesta
Archi