Composition database

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Title of the work

Hamburgisches Konzert


Original / Hungarian title
Hamburgisches Konzert
Foreign language / English title
Hamburgisches Konzert
For solo horn and chamber orchestra (with 2 bassetthorns and 4 obligato natural horns)
Marie Luise Neunecker gewidmet
Year of composition

Number of players
cor. solo - 2 fl. (II anche picc.), ob., 2 corbass. (I anche cl. in si, II anche cl. in mi b), fg. - 4 cor. naturale, tr., trb. - perc. (2 esec. - camp., ptto.sosp., crot., 4 bongo, tambourine, tmb.picc., gr.c., rin., campli., xil., vibr., marimba) - strings: 5 vl. 1, 4 vl. 2, 3 vla., 2 vlc., cb. (or 1 vl. 1, 1 vl. 2, 1 vla., 1 vlc., 1 cb.)
15 min

Movements, parts
1. Praeludium
2. Signale, Tanz, Choral
3. Aria, Aksak, Hoketus
4. Solo, Intermezzo, Mixtur, Kanon
5. Spectra
6. Capriccio
7. Hymnus

Commissioned by
"ZEIT" Foundation, Hamburg
Premiere information
20 January 2001, Hamburg, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, NDR, Germany; Marie Luise Neunecker (cor.), ASKO Ensemble, George Benjamin (cond.)
Publisher / Source
Schott Music, Mainz © 2000, ED 8205 (study score), performance material on hire
Available here!
Teldec Cd 2564 69673-5, 2008 - Marie Luise Neunecker (cor.), Sybille Mahni, Simon Breyer, Thomas Bernstein, Ozan Cakar (cor. naturale), ASKO Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw (cond.)
1 min. sample
1 1. Praeludium
2 2. Signale, Tanz, Choral
3 4. Solo, Intermezzo, Mixtur, Kanon
4 5. Spectra
5 7. Hymnus
Remarks, other info
Composed: 1998 - 1999, revised: 2003

The six-movement horn concerto is a genuine late work in which Ligeti ventures further forward than ever before in his extensive search for a new tonal language. Simultaneously, he pays reverence to his adopted city: "The "ZEIT" foundation which commissioned the work had the special wish that the World Première should take place in Hamburg and the movement titles also be associated with the city. I thought to myself: Bach dedicated his wellknown six Concerti grossi to the Margrave of Brandenburg, why should I not dedicate my horn concerto to the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg?" (György Ligeti)



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