Hans Zender (1936–2019) Music to hear
based on the 8th Sonet by William Shakespeare [S,orch] 1998 duration: 17' Text: William Shakespeare
solo: S fl.echo-fl – 2fl.3clar – tbne – 5vl.2va.2vc.db
World première: Vienna, November 2, 1999
William Shakespeare: Sonnet VIII
Music to hear, why hearst thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy:
Why lovst thou that which thou receivst not gladly,
Or else receivst with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
in singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering;
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing:
Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one, Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none.”
Julie Moffat (soprano), Eva Furrer and Katrina Emtage (flute), Klangforum Wien, cond. Hans Zender
CD KAIROS 0012262KAI
Gerhardt, Frank: Hans Zenders "Music to hear", in: Musik und Ästhetik 6, Heft 23 (Juli 2002), pp. 61-78.
Hasegawa, Robert: Gegenstrebige Harmonik in the Music of Hans Zender, in: Perspectives of New Music 49, Heft 1 (Winter 2011), pp. 207-234.