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Hans Werner Henze

Publisher: Chester Music

Sonatina 1947 (1947)
Not commissioned.
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
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Hans Werner Henze Sonatina 1947 (1947)

I wrote this sonatina in December 1947 for the greatly respected Russian piano teacher, Wladimir Horbowski, who worked in Stuttgart. Unfortunately, however, the manuscript somehow went astray over the years (probably as a result of moving on several occasions) and was thought lost.
But it recently turned up in Basle, in the archives of the Paul Sacher Foundation, and is now enjoying the light of day once again. I’m really excited about its rediscovery (with its clumsy and vague reflections of piano music by old masters of that time) and about the coming performance. A big thank you to Christopher Tainton, the pianist, and to all those who have helped to bring this piece back to life.
© Hans Werner Henze, June 2003


Diese Sonatine schrieb ich im Dezember 1947 für den allseits hochverehrten in Stuttgart arbeitenden russischen Klavierlehrer Wladimir Horbowski. Das Manuskript verscholl aber leider irgendwie im Laufe der Jahre (und auf Grund mehrerer Umzüge) und galt als verloren.
Kürzlich fand es sich aber in Basel wieder, im den Archiven der Paul Sacher-Stiftung, und kehrt somit an das Licht unserer Tage zurück. Ich freue mich sehr über diesen Fund (mit seinen holprigen und schattenhaften Spiegelungen von Klaviermusik reifer Meister zu jener Zeit) und über die bevorstehende Uraufführung. Herzlichen Dank an Christopher Tainton, dem Klavierspieler und an alle, die geholfen haben, diese Spielstücke zu neuem Leben zu erwecken.

© Hans Werner Henze, Juni 2003

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