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Hymnus für Sopran und grosses Orchester op. 67

By Marius Flothuis

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (sopr 2fl fl(fl-a) ob 2ob(eh) 2cl cl(cl-b) 2fg 4h 3trp 3trb 2tb 2timp perc vibr 2hp str)
9 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 351/061-1 351/061-2
published score
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Words by Ingeborg Bachmann ‘An die Sonne’

Program note: (Première: 16-10-1974 - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Erna Spoorenberg with the Concertgebouworkest, Bernard Haitink, conducting) - Exactly one year prior to the first performance of my Hymnus, on October 17, 1973, the Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann died in Rome, reaching the age of 47. The first distinction which she received was from 'Gruppe 47 '; many would follow. She studied law and philosophy and received her doctorate in 1950, on a thesis, entitled 'critical Aufnahme of the Existentialphilosophie Martin Heideggers '. Ingeborg Bachmann excels as a 'musical' poet, in that sense; her poetry can carry music and also incite music. She is also one of the few able to write texts which are explicitly intended for musical versions (she wrote opera libretti and other texts for Hans Werner Henze). It is that attribute that I used - when the then minister of Arts and Sciences commissioned me in 1964 to write a work for voice and orchestra - I searched through the oeuvre of this poet and found what I needed. I have tried to catch the continuously changing kaleidoscopic, the glittering of the poem "An die Sonne" in the very differentiated orchestration. - MARIUS FLOTHUIS


About Marius Flothuis

Marius Flothuis

Marius Flothuis led an eventful life. Early on, he was politically aware and left-wing orientated. He lost his job at the Concertgebouw Orchestra on his refusal to register with the Kultuurkamer, a regulatory cultural agency installed by the German occupying forces during World War II. He was arrested for his resistance work, imprisoned in Camp Vught and deported to Sachsenhausen in 1944. Meanwhile, he continued composing and survived the hardships. In the postwar Dutch and international music worlds he held numerous positions.

by Joyce Kiliaan