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Adagietto op. 75d

By Bertold Hummel

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String sextet - advanced
Composed by Bertold Hummel (1925-2002). This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. String. Seit 1965 arbeitete Hummel an diesem Sextett, bis er es 1999 als vollendet betrachtete. Es ist ein leicht spielbares, klangschones und ergreifendes Stuck. Bei der Urauffuhrung hat der im Jahre 2002 verstorbene Komponist noch selbst mitgespielt. Score and parts. Composed 1978/1999. Op. 75d. 36 pages. Duration 6'. Schott Music #ED 20289. Published by Schott Music (HL.49017071).

Item Number: HL.49017071

ISBN 9790001149945.

Bertold Hummel worked on his Adagietto for many years. Originally conceived as an Elegy for Strings in 1965, it was transformed into an Adagietto for String Sextet in 1978 and published for the first time in 1993. Hummel undertook a further arrangement of the composition in 1999 and participated with musical friends in its first performance. In one of the scores, the title is supplemented by the term “sacrale”, an indication of the religious background of this composition. In a time of increasing secularisation, the creative and no doubt also the reproducing artist have the task of pointing out to their contemporaries the transcendental, the inexplicable and the unprovable. The language of music - most effective perhaps in reaching across world frontiers - has an especially important role in this. Representations of suffering and horror alone cannot be the inherent constituent of a work of art. A reference to comfort and hope is indispensable. Furthermore, life, nature, and, for the believer, knowledge of God give cause enough for praise and thanks.” This is how my father once formulated his artistic conception. A favourite adopted term of his, “musikalische Klangrede” [musical speech), appears to me to be particularly well implemented in the Adagietto.

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