Orchestral and ensemble works 1992

Requiem

Nine Sacred Concertos for piano solo, trumpet concertante and large chamber orchestra

Commissioned by Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne

Period of composition 1990-92
Duration 70 minutes

In memoriam Michael Vyner

World premiere

World premiere of the complete work 24. February 1993

Köln

Philharmonie Köln
Ensemble Modern
Piano Ueli Wiget
Trumpet Håkan Hardenberger

Conductor Ingo Metzmacher

Comment

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

Instrumentation

 

Organico completo

Tromba concertante
Pianoforte solista
2 Flauti1° anche Ottavino
2° anche Ottavino e Flauto contralto
1 Oboe
1 Corno inglese
1 Clarinettoanche Clarinetto piccolo
1 Clarinetto bassoanche Clarinetto contrabbasso
1 Sassofono sopranoanche Sassofono contralto e Sassofono baritono
1 Fagottoanche Controfagotto
2 Corni
2 Trombe
2 Trombe basse
1 Trombone tenore
1 Trombone bassoanche Trombone contrabbasso
Timpani
Percussione

Triangolo
3 Piatti sospesi
Piatti a due
3 Tamtam
Tamburo basco
Tamburo piccolo
3 Tomtom
Cassa rullante
Grancassa e piatto
Grancassa
Lastra dal tuono
Wood-block
Tescini cinesi
Matraca
Verga
Frusta
Guiro
Raganella
Maracas
Castagnette
Flessatono
Sonagli a mano
Crotali
Trinidad steel drum
Campane tubolari
Glockenspiel
Vibrafono
Marimba
[per 3]

Arpa
Celesta
4 Violini
3 Viole
3 Violoncelli
1 Contrabbasso