Hans Rott -
A Prelude to "Julius Caesar"

(Nowak no. 40, Banks no. 42)

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August 23, 2017
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This prelude was composed in April 1877. Maybe, Hans Rott was inspired by the Shakespearean play which had been performed nine times at the Theater an der Wien between September 25 and October 5, 1875.

The finale of the prelude indicates that Rott possibly had in mind to compose an opera; there exist, however, no drafts.

The work shows clear reminiscences of Wagner's music, small wonder as Rott had attended the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The prelude is not as path-breaking as the Symphony No. 1 but it proves that Rott had been a very gifted composer.

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A Prelude to "Julius Caesar" (Frank Litterscheid)


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


Length: c. 8 - 9 minutes


Performance Materials

To be hired from Doblinger. A study score (order number Stp. 726) is for sale there, too.


(without any claim of completion)
February 4/6, 2004
Junges Sinfonieorchester
Werner Marihart
Münster/Germany, Hörsaal SCH1 (Aaseeaula), Scharnhorststr./Platz der weißen Rose
First performance
June 10/11, 2006
Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester
Sebastian Weigle
Berlin/Germany, Konzerthaus
November 19, 2006
Tokyo Akademische Kapelle
Masahito Osada
Tokyo/Japan, Tokyu Bunkamura, Orchard Hall
Japanese Premiere
November 17/18, 2007
Nürnberger Symphoniker
Bernhard Gueller
Nürnberg/Germany, Meistersingerhalle
July 27-31, 2010
Junges Philharmonisches Orchester Niedersachsen
Andreas Schüller

July 27, 2010: Otterndorf/D, Reithalle
July 28, 2010: Bremen/D, „Glocke“
July 30, 2010: Gütersloh/D, Stadthalle
July 31, 2010: Westerstede/D, Europagymnasium
May 28, 2011
Philharmonie Schwäbisch Gmünd

Tanja Goldstein
Schwäbisch Gmünd/D, Congress-Centrum Stadtgarten
November 13/14, 2011
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester
Sebastian Weigle
Frankfurt/D, Alte Oper/Großer Saal
May 17, 2013
Osaka Symphony Orchestra
Kiyotaka Teraoka
Osaka/J, Symphony Hall
June 30/July 1, 2013
Staatskapelle Weimar
Sebastian Weigle
Weimar/D, Weimarhalle
July 21, 2013
Nachwuchsorchester Reutlingen
Konrad Heinz
Reutlingen/D, Stadthalle
December 15, 2014
Osaka Symphony Orchestra
Kiyotaka Teraoka
Osaka/J, Symphony Hall
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