Orchestral and ensemble works 1984

Symphony No. 7 (Symphonie Nr. 7)

For large orchestra

Commissioned by the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester for their 100th anniversary

Period of composition 1983-84
Duration 46 minutes

I Dance
II Calmly moving
III Perpetuum mobile
IV
Calm, sustained

World premiere

World premiere 1. December 1984

 

Berlin

Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester
Conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti

Comments

In this work, I had wanted completely to submit to the traditional rules of the classical symphony so as to mould my musical expression as if in a furnace and enable it to reach the listener as directly and clearly as possible.
The first movement is a kind of German dance, an Allemande, so to speak; the second one a Lied. The third, in strict scherzoform, is a representation of the sufferings of the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, in Dr Autenriedth’s mental institution in Tübingen. The last movement is a setting of Hölderlin’s poem “Half of Live”.

Hans Werner Henze

Instrumentation

 

4 Flauti2° e 3° anche Ottavini, 4° anche Flauto contralto
2 Oboi
1 Corno inglese
1 Heckelphon
4 Clarinetti4° anche Clarinetto basso
1 Clarinetto
contrabbasso
4 Fagotti4° anche Controfagotto
6 Corni
2 Trombe in do
2 Trombe in re
3 Tromboni tenori
1 Trombone basso
1 Trombone
contrabbasso
1 Tuba bassa
Percussione I2 Tamtam
2 Bongos
6 Tomtom
Timpani
Maracas
Glockenspiel
Campane tubolari
Percussione IITamburo piccolo
2 Bongos
Grancassa
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Gong cinese
Percussione III3 Piatti sospesi
3 Tamtam
Tamburello basco
Guiro
Frusta
Vibrafono
Crotali
Arpa
Pianoforte
Celesta
Archi