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Hans Werner Henze

Publisher: Chester Music

Olly on the Shore (2001)
Work Notes
dedicated to Olliver Knussen
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
Martin Zehn
3 Minutes

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Hans Werner Henze Olly on the Shore (2001)
A long time ago, when I was still a boy, back in provincial Westphalia, I came across the title (not the music, and not any lyrics) of “Molly on the Shore”. Who was this Molly? I kept asking myself (was she Irish? or Scottish?) and who was Mr Grainger, the composer? I eventually found out, ages later, and in London, as my friend Olly’s (Oliver Knussen’s) fiftieth birthday came nearer and nearer. I thought I’d write him a piano piece with the same title (except for the initial M). I think of him most affectionately, standing on the Suffolk shore, near his lovely house, looking out across the ocean, looking and calling out for a world of wonderful images made of sounds and rhythms and tunes still to come, in order to fill out the next fifty years of his life: Oliver Knussen, the brilliant mind, the gentle man and the great artist.

© Hans Werner Henze
Marino, May 2002

  • Ensemble
    London Sinfonietta
    Rolf Hind & Nicolas Hodges, piano
    London Sinfonietta LABEL:
  • 03 JUN 2005
    Rheinisches Musikfest 2005
    Beethovenhaus Bonn, Germany
    Ueli Wiget, piano
  • 12 JUN 2002
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    Rolf Hind & Nicholas Hodges, pianos
  • 15 SEP 2001
    Olly on the Shore Country Premiere
    Hamburg, Germany
    Ueli Wiget, piano
  • 01 JUL 2001
    Olly on the Shore World Premiere
    La Leprara, Marino, Italy
    Martin Zehn, piano

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