1985 Concert

Love Songs (Liebeslieder)

Canzoni d'amore

For violoncello and orchestra
Commissioned by the Westdeutscher Rund- funk Cologne

Period of composition 1984-85
Duration 25 minutes

I Calm, restrained
II ¼ = 72
III Agitated, intense, stormy
IV Serious, grave
V Tango
VI Sonnet

World premiere

World premiere December 12th, 1986

Köln

Westdeutscher Rundfunk · Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Violoncello Heinrich Schiff

Conductor David Shallon

Comment

Behind the originally seven movements (of which I later removed the fifth, using it in “Introduction, Theme and Variations”) lie seven English poems of various dates, spiritual types, and verse-forms, whose internal structure I have analysed and translated into music, specifically in the sense of “Lied com- position”, which was gradually modified into instrumental music.

Hans Werner Henze

Instrumentation

2 Flauti2° anche Ottavino
1 Flauto contralto
2 Oboi
1 Corno inglese
2 Clarinetti
1 Clarinetto basso
3 Fagotti3° anche Contro-
fagotto
4 Corni
3 Trombe
2 Tromboni tenore
1 Trombone basso
1 Tuba bassa
Timpani
Percussione ICimbali antichi
Gong cinesi
Tamtam
Maracas
Guiro
Percussione IITamburo piccolo
Tamburo militare
3 Tomtom
Grancassa e piatto
Verga
Percussione IIISistri
Vibrafono
Arpa
Celesta
Pianoforte
Archi