Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)

Scorribanda Sinfonica (2001)

Sopra la tomba di una Maratona, for large orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2001
    • Duration: 15 mn
    • Publisher: Chester Music, Londres, nº CH63228
    • Commission: Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Detailed formation
  • 4 flutes (also 2 piccolos, 1 alto flute), 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 1 oboe d'amore, 4 clarinets (also 2 bass clarinets), 4 bassoons (also 1 contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 5 percussionists, 1 timpani, 1 harp, 1 celesta, 1 piano, 14 violins, 12 second violins, 10 violas, 8 cellos, 6 double basses

Premiere information

  • Date: 29 June 2001



    Orchestre Symphonique de la NDR


Cd : NDR Symphony Orchestra, direction, Peter Ruzicka, Wergo: WER 6657 2

Program note

    <p>This piece, written during the winter months of 2000-2001, consists of one movement, <em>Allegro con fuoco</em>, 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 <em>Maratona di Danza</em> and for its maker, the director Luchino Visconti.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><em>Hans Werner Henze.</em></p>