"Wesendonck-Lieder - Full Score" Sheet Music by Hans Werner Henze

Scored For: Alto And Chamber Orchestra
Composers: Hans Werner Henze; Richard Wagner
Pages: 72
This product does NOT support transposition or digital playback
SKU: 473802
Publisher: Schott Music
Series: Music Of Our Time
Publisher ID: Q2899

During the period in which these arrangements were created, Hans Werner Henze was far from being a Wagnerite. Despite this, he deliberately set out to study Wagner's music. Tristan und Isolde was the opera Henze found most accessible and it was therefore the Wesendonck-Lieder, dating from 1858 with their clear affinity to the harmony of Tristan, which became Henze’s focal point of interest. In his arrangements he was aiming 'to evoke the pre-Tristan state. For this reason, I have selected a small ensemble consisting of seven wind instruments, two horns, harp and small string orchestra to retain the preliminary study character of these Lieder. At the same time however, I am attempting to permit the Tristanesque tone which is already inherent in the piano version to unfold through harmonic separation.' - Hans Werner Henze