Orchestral and ensemble works 1959

The Emperor’s Nightingale (L'usignolo dell'imperatore)

Ballet pantomime by Giulio di Majo

freely adapted from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen
Commissioned by the Venice Biennale

Year of composition 1959
Duration 17 minutes

Dedicated to Margaret and Ludwig von Hessen

World premiere

World premiere 26. September 1959

Berliner Festwochen

Solisten des Berliner Philharmonischen Orchesters
Flute Aurèle Nicolet

Conductor Hans Werner Henze


1 Flauto  (anche Ottavino)
1 Clarinetto basso
Percussione 2 Triangoli
Piatti sospesi
3 Tamtam
3 Tomtom
Campanella da rumba
[per 4]
1 Viola
1 Violoncello