Traurig wie der Tod

For mixed choir and orchestra. Based on poems by Hans Bethge (1876-1946), from "Die chinesische Flöte. Nachdichtungen chinesischer Lyrik" (1907).



Instrumentation: - timp, 3perc[1.Tenor Drum, Tamtam, Triangle 2. Bass Drum 3. 2 Bells in C and G, behind the scene (These bells are the same as in the Symphony Fantastique by Hector Berlioz) - 2hp - str( Large Mixed Choir SATB

Based on texts by:
Hans Bethge

Commissioned by:
AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert

World premiere:
The Netherlands Radio Choir, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan in Utrecht TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on 29 May 2015


Theo Verbey on Traurig wie der Tod: ‘A composer is primarily a songwriter’

Thea Derks, translated by Thea Derks

Thea Derks interviewed Theo Verbey at the time of the live broadcast of Traurig wie der Tod on Radio4, and here is a written article in Dutch, which she translated into English on the occasion of the launch of the Theo Verbey Foundation: "Theo Verbey on Traurig wie der Tod: ‘A composer is primarily a songwriter’ – Amsterdam, 22 May 2015 The Dutch…