Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)

Songs and a Sea Interlude (1979 -1981)

from the opera Where the Wild Things Are, for soprano and orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1979 - 1981
    • Duration : 17 mn
    • Publisher : Faber Music, Londres, nº 50706 9
    • Opus : 20a
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Maurice Sendak

Detailed formation
  • soloist : 1 solo soprano
  • 3 flutes (also 1 piccolo), 1 oboe, 1 English horn, 3 clarinets (also 1 Eb clarinet), 1 bassoon, 1 contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trombones, 4 percussionists, 1 harp, 1 piano [4 mains] , 6 violins, 6 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 4 double basses [nombre de cordes minimum]

Premiere information

  • Date : 14 February 1981
    Location :

    BBC Radio 3


    Performers :

    Jane Manning et le BBC Symphony Orchestra, direction : Oliver Knussen.