Orchestral and ensemble works 2003

The Twilight Hour (Die blaue Stunde)

Tableau XI of the opera L’Upupa

Year of composition 2003
Duration 3 minutes

World premiere

World premiere (of the complete opera) August 12th, 2003

Salzburg · Kleines Festspielhaus · Salzburg Festival
Commissioned by Salzburg Festival and co-produced with Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Real Madrid

Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker

Stage director Dieter Dorn
Stage and costume design Jürgen Rose
ConductorMarkus Stenz

World premiere of the separate concert piece Die Blaue Stunde September 14th, 2003

Köln · Philharmonie


Conductor Markus Stenz


Tableau XI: The Twilight Hour

The Old Man and Badi’at with the golden hoopoe feather in her hand, are sitting quietly high on their tower and watching the camel rider grow smaller and smaller until at last he vanishes in the evening light.

Please note that there is an ensemble work with the title L'heure bleue which is not related to the orchestral work.

Hans Werner Henze


3 Flutes  
2°  Alto Flue
3°  Bass Flute
3 Clarinets3° Bass Clarinet
Oboe d’amore
Cor anglais
1 Bassoon
4 Horns
3 Trompets
3 Trombones
2 Harps