commentary to opus 62a2
Adagio in memoriam B. Britten for Piano, op. 62a2 (1976)
Duration: 6 Minutes
Publisher: Schott Music ED 20279 / ISMN: M-001-14971-6
The Adagio for Strings in memoriam Benjamin Britten, op.62a, was composed immediately on receiving news of the death of the great English composer and was written down between 8:00 and 9:30 on the evening of the 4th December, 1976. It is a composition for three polyphonal parts and can be performed by soloists or ensemble. A gesture from Britten's "Simple Symphony" closes the brief, expressive piece.
I met B. Britten at various music festivals. He was a personality and colleague of wonderfully fine feelings. In him I met a figure of importance not only for his operas of essential significance for our century and for his influential works of absolute music, but also for his work as a conductor, chamber musician and accompanist of song.
Wilfried Hiller (in the Programme notes for the Münchner Kammerorchester season-ticket concerts 2002/2003)