Commissioned by Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne
Period of composition 1990-92
Duration 70 minutes
In memoriam Michael Vyner
World premiere of the complete work 24. February 1993
Piano Ueli Wiget
Trumpet Håkan Hardenberger
Conductor Ingo Metzmacher
hese nine instrumental pieces are concerned with the human fears and needs of our time, with illness and death, love and loneliness, and in particular with the character of Michael Vyner, an extremely lively and passionate man, his life and his death, and my grief at his loss which stands for the loss of so many others who have also tragically departed from our world.
The spirit of this music can be explained by such facts, and by our time by which it seems to me to be strongly influenced, by its horrors and passions, its beauty and dynamics.
Forty years ago, I wrote a short “Concerto” for piano and a group of instruments for the concerts at the Paris Théâtre Marigny organized by Boulez. It was only a fragment. Later, I time and again wanted to get down to picking up the piece and finishing it.
In the “Introitus” of the present “Requiem”, the Marigny music finally reappears, in a different form, to be unfolded, worked out and developed in the following “Spiritual Concertos” in ever new contexts.
The movements of the “Requiem” can be played separately or in any desired combination.
Hans Werner Henze
|2 Flauti||1° anche Ottavino|
2° anche Ottavino e Flauto contralto
|1 Corno inglese|
|1 Clarinetto||anche Clarinetto piccolo|
|1 Clarinetto basso||anche Clarinetto contrabbasso|
|1 Sassofono soprano||anche Sassofono contralto e Sassofono baritono|
|1 Fagotto||anche Controfagotto|
|2 Trombe basse|
|1 Trombone tenore|
|1 Trombone basso||anche Trombone contrabbasso|