commentary to opus 23a
Pas de deux for large orchestra (Ballet), op. 23a (1962)
I. Introduction - Adagio
III. quasi Cadenza - Presto piu mosso
November 2, 1962, Oldenburg, Staatstheater
Instrumentation: 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 - Timp., Perc., Hrp., Strings
Duration: 13 Minutes
Verlag: N. Simrock Berlin-London (Boosey & Hawkes)
Video: Works by Hummel on youtube
ballet Pas de deux for large orchestra, lasting just about 15 minutes,
was written in 1962 as a commission for the Oldenburg State Theatre and had its
world première there in the same year.
a seven-tome series (modus) exploiting all the half-tones within the tritone c : f-sharp dominates the entire work and gives rise to the necessity of manifold variations of this basic material in the course of the of the different movements.
Fränkisches Volksblatt 29th May, 1978