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Royal Winter Music

Royal Winter Music

First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters

for solo guitar

edited by Julian Bream


  • Instrumentation: guitar
  • Edition: sheet music
€21.50  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.17 kg

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Description
My idea of developing music from Richard of Gloucester's monologue 'Now is the winter of our discontent', and of generating more music from that material, was conceived during the 1960s. Ten years later it took a more concrete form, when Julian Bream suggested to me that I should write a substanial new guitar work for him. More time went by, and only having finished 'We Come to the River' could I begin to realise our plan. Then began a collaboration with the instrumentalist that went through various phases, from which I gained a more profound knowledge of the technicalities and of the sound-world of the guitar. I would even go so far as to say that this collaboration gave me a new concept of how to write for an instrument with a rich tradition. The guitar is a 'knowing' or 'knowledgeable' instrument, with many limitations but also many unexplored spaces and depths within these limits. It possesses a richness of sound capable of embracing everything one might find in a gigantic contemporary orchestra; but one has to start from silence in order to notice this: one has to pause, and completely exclude noise.
The dramatis personae of this piece enter through the sound of the guitar as if it were curtain. Through masks, voices and gestures, they speak to us of great passion, of tenderness, sadness and comedy: strange events in people's lives. Into this, the whispering voices of spirits are mingled. The epilogue is spoken by Oberon, pacified and reconciled, as though Nature had been subjected to Man.
- Hans Werner Henze
Details
Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text: I Gloucester
II Romeo and Juliet
III Ariel
IV Ophelia
V Touchstone, Audrey and William
VI Oberon
Difficulty: difficult
ISMN: 979-0-001-09716-1
Performance duration: 25' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Series: Edition Schott
Uraufführung : 20. September 1976 Berlin (D) Berliner Festwochen 1976 · Julian Bream, Gitarre
Year of composition: 1975 - 1976
page number: 35
Performances
2020-02-12 | Florianópolis (Brazil)
2020-02-05 | Wien (Austria), Alte Schmiede
2016-06-03 | Trossingen (Germany), Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
2011-07-02 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus
2010-12-04 | Holzwickede (Germany), Emscherquellhof
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-07-03 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-06-05 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-05-13 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-05-02 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-04-24 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center | First Night
2008-05-17 | Meißen (Germany), Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Schauhalle — 20.00 Uhr
2006-11-19 | ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), Verkadefabriek — 13.30 h
2006-11-11 | Bamberg (Germany), Neues Palais
2006-09-29 | Hannover (Germany), Hardenbergsches Haus — 19.30 Uhr
2006-04-03 | Ankara (Turkey), Goethe-Institut — Hans Werner Henze Zum 80. Geburtstag
2006-02-13 | Darmstadt (Germany), Akademie für Tonkunst — 19.30 Uhr - Zum 80. Geburtstag von Hans Werner Henze
2005-01-23 | Berlin (Germany), Sophiensaele — 11.00 Uhr
2003-03-25 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room
1976-09-20 | Berlin (Germany) | World Premiere
My idea of developing music from Richard of Gloucester's monologue 'Now is the winter of our discontent', and of generating more music from that material, was conceived during the 1960s. Ten years later it took a more concrete form, when Julian Bream suggested to me that I should write a substanial new guitar work for him. More time went by, and only having finished 'We Come to the River' could I begin to realise our plan. Then began a collaboration with the instrumentalist that went through various phases, from which I gained a more profound knowledge of the technicalities and of the sound-world of the guitar. I would even go so far as to say that this collaboration gave me a new concept of how to write for an instrument with a rich tradition. The guitar is a 'knowing' or 'knowledgeable' instrument, with many limitations but also many unexplored spaces and depths within these limits. It possesses a richness of sound capable of embracing everything one might find in a gigantic contemporary orchestra; but one has to start from silence in order to notice this: one has to pause, and completely exclude noise.
The dramatis personae of this piece enter through the sound of the guitar as if it were curtain. Through masks, voices and gestures, they speak to us of great passion, of tenderness, sadness and comedy: strange events in people's lives. Into this, the whispering voices of spirits are mingled. The epilogue is spoken by Oberon, pacified and reconciled, as though Nature had been subjected to Man.
- Hans Werner Henze
Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text: I Gloucester
II Romeo and Juliet
III Ariel
IV Ophelia
V Touchstone, Audrey and William
VI Oberon
Difficulty: difficult
ISMN: 979-0-001-09716-1
Performance duration: 25' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Series: Edition Schott
Uraufführung : 20. September 1976 Berlin (D) Berliner Festwochen 1976 · Julian Bream, Gitarre
Year of composition: 1975 - 1976
page number: 35
2020-02-12 | Florianópolis (Brazil)
2020-02-05 | Wien (Austria), Alte Schmiede
2016-06-03 | Trossingen (Germany), Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
2011-07-02 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus
2010-12-04 | Holzwickede (Germany), Emscherquellhof
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-07-03 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-06-05 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-05-13 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-05-02 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center
Orchestra: Dortmunder Philharmoniker
2010-04-24 | Dortmund (Germany), Harenberg City Center | First Night
2008-05-17 | Meißen (Germany), Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Schauhalle — 20.00 Uhr
2006-11-19 | ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), Verkadefabriek — 13.30 h
2006-11-11 | Bamberg (Germany), Neues Palais
2006-09-29 | Hannover (Germany), Hardenbergsches Haus — 19.30 Uhr
2006-04-03 | Ankara (Turkey), Goethe-Institut — Hans Werner Henze Zum 80. Geburtstag
2006-02-13 | Darmstadt (Germany), Akademie für Tonkunst — 19.30 Uhr - Zum 80. Geburtstag von Hans Werner Henze
2005-01-23 | Berlin (Germany), Sophiensaele — 11.00 Uhr
2003-03-25 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room
1976-09-20 | Berlin (Germany) | World Premiere
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