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Richard Haughton
Saturday, October 1, 2005
Sebastian im Traum, the new orchestral work by Hans Werner Henze, will receive its world premiere on December 22 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. It is for large symphony orchestra, and based on a late poem by Georg Trakel.

The joint commission by the Eduard van Beinum Stichting, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft and the New York Philharmonic will be performed in Zürich on 16-18 May 2006 and toured to various summer festivals in 2006 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra, with Jansons again.

Hans Werner Henze writes about the new work: “Only now, half a century after this early work (Apollo et Hyacintus (1948/49)), have I returned to the art of the great Salzburger [Georg Trakl], and with a late work, busied myself with the poem Sebastian im Traum. It deals with nocturnal images of the countryside around Salzburg, of the visions of childhood, and of the morgue, with decay, autumnal reveries, angels and shadows.”

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