Orchestral and ensemble works 2001

Scorribanda Sinfonica

sopra la tomba di una Maratona

Commissioned by NDR-Sinfonieorchester on occasion of the 50th anniversary of 'das neue werk', Hamburg

Period of composition 2000-01
Duration circa 15 minutes

for Peter Ruzicka

World premiere

World premiere June 29th, 2001

Hamburg · NDR
das neue werk

NDR-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor Peter Ruzicka

Comment

This piece, written during the winter months of 2000-2001, consists of one movement, Allegro con fuoco, in which an old score is revisited, raided and ravished by its composer. The earlier music had been written in the mid-fifties for a stage work Maratona di Danza and for its maker, the director Luchino Visconti.

Elements from the older piece reappear on and off like shadows under the surface of new ones, like more or less vague memories, images of young people suffering pain and despair in their struggle for survival in a barbaric, pitiless modern world.

My new composition is a kind of concerto for very large symphony orchestra, an étude on constant and often rapid musical changes of mood and colours, built on a variety of rhythmic figures, incessantly and brutally pushing the music ahead. Sometimes, it is as though voices are weeping, sometimes crying out loud with pain, with anxiety, under the cold hearted pressure of an overwhelming violence.

Hans Werner Henze 2001

Instrumentation

4 Flutes

2° and 3° doubling Piccolo
4° doubling Piccolo and Alto Flute
4 Clarinets in B flat3° and 4° doubling Bass clarinet
2 Oboes
Oboe d’amore
Cor Anglais
4 Bassoons4° doubling Contra Bassoon
4 Horns
3 Trompets
3 Trombones   
Tuba
Timpani
Percusion5 players
I3 Tam-tams (small, medium, large)
Chinese Gongs
Side Drum
Maracas
IICastanets
3 Tom-Toms (high, medium, low)
pitched Tom-toms
Guiro
Crotales
Ratchet
Claves
Sizzle Cymbal
Suspended Cymbal (large)
IIIBass Drum with Cymbal
3 Suspended Cymbals (small, medium, large)
Glockenspiel
Guiro
3 Bongos (high, medium, low)
Ratchet
IVVibraphone
Matraca
2 Sistrums (medium, low)
Tambourine
VMarimba
3 Bongos (high, medium, low)
Temple Blocks
Mallets:

felt
felt-leather
cork
leather
wood
brush
Harp
Celesta
Piano
Strings