Versuch eines RequiemsInstrumentation: altovoice and orchestra
Edition: study score
Order number: ED 4577
admiration for Hartmann's music and its very special kind of intellectuality, which struck me as both important and significant: by this I mean its spontaneous and unrefracted immediacy, its honesty and straightforwardness – qualities that extend beyond this composer's works and affect his whole surroundings, including his fellow human beings. All Hartmann's works, moreover, contain an essential element of the art of compostion, namely, an exact correspondence between the artist's insistent need to express himself and the instrumental resources that he chooses. A superficial listener might perhaps fail to notice at first that the huge orchestral apparatus that Hartmann conjures up exactly matches his powerful expressivity and the colourful nature of his rhetoric. There is also the expansiveness and physically charged vitality of the native of southern Germany, a man capable of combining his own sense of inwardness with the beauty of the moment and a feeling of hymnic grandeur. It is a combination that reflects his own south German countryside and that answers a need to communicate sustained by his own unwavering faith in humanity.
- Hans Werner Henze, in: Hartmann: "Kleine Schriften"
Premiere: June 22, 1957 Wien (A) · Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Alt · Conductor: Nino Sanzogno · Wiener Symphoniker (World Première of the new version)
Orchestra instrumentation: 3 (auch 3 Picc.) · 3 · Engl. Hr. · 3 · Bassklar. · 3 · Kfg. – 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 – P. S. (Trgl. · 2 Gongs· Gl. · Beck. · Tomt. · Rührtr. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Vibr.) (4 Spieler) – Cel. · Klav. · Hfe. – Str.
Publisher: Schott Music
Duration: 35' 0''
Year of composition: 1935/36, rev. 1954/55
LS 1983-01 = Leih-/Aufführungsmaterial
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