Double Concerto (Henze)

Double Concerto
by Hans Werner Henze
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The composer in 1960
Native nameDoppio concerto
Composed1966
Performed2 December 1968 (1968-12-02): Zurich
PublishedSchott Music
Movements1
Scoring
  • oboe
  • harp
  • 18 string soloists

The Double Concerto by German composer Hans Werner Henze is a double concerto for oboe and harp, better known by its original Italian title Doppio concerto. It was completed and first performed in Zurich in 1966, and published by Schott.

Composition

Henze's Double Concerto was commissioned by Paul Sacher and his Collegium Musicum Zürich and is dedicated to him and his wife, Maya Sacher, like Henze's Sonata per archi. It was written for oboist Heinz Holliger and his wife, harpist Ursula Holliger.[1] It was finished in 1966 and was premiered on 2 December 1966 by the Holligers as the soloists and Sacher conducting his Collegium Musicum Zürich.[2] It was eventually published by Schott Music.[2]

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