Chamber music Plucking instruments 1998


Songs and laments for two guitars

arranged by Jürgen Ruck

Year of composition 1998
Duration 23 minutes

I Countryside Cat Song
II To the Moon
III The Broken Heart
IV Sister's Lament
V Minette's Minuet
VI Chanson d’adieu
VII The Heroine's Love-death


The movements in this suite were originally taken from my animal opera The English Cat but have undergone a series of mutations in the process of adaptation, their shape has changed and the melody and harmonies have altered – mainly, in order to accommodate the specific tonal qualities and possibilities of the guitar duet.

Hans Werner Henze