Hans Rott -
Hamlet Overture

(Nowak no. 39, Banks no. 39)

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August 23, 2017
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The earliest date detained in connection with the Hamlet Overture is July 15, 1876. This date can be found on the condensed score (ÖNB Mus. Hs. 28353, Bl.1-10) containing little more than the first half of the work. However, sketches (ÖNB Mus. Hs. 28315, verso and ÖNB Mus. Hs. 28387, recto) suggest that Rott had worked on the music.

In addition, a sketch exists in the form of a piano reduction (ÖNB Mus. Hs. 28353, pp. 11-12), which seems to be a direct continuation of the condensed score and contains the conclusion of the overture.

Finally, there is a score (ÖNB Mus. Hs. 28,352), which was likely to be a fair copy of the work. With this work Rott began on November 29, 1876 but stopped after the first 35 cycles.

Even if it is an unfinished work, it could be reconstructed well in terms of the detailed design. With 242 bars, the Hamlet Overture is one of the most extensive compositions of Rott.

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2 flutes; 2 oboes; 2 clarinets; 2 bassoons; 4 horns; 2 trumpets; 3 trombones; bass tuba; timpani; strings


Length: c. 11 minutes


Performance Materials

To be hired from Ries & Erler. A study score is for sale there, too.

(without any claim of completion)
June 5, 2014
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Cornelius Meister
Wien/A, Konzerthaus/Großer Saale
First performance
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