Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – 1. Abgesangsszene

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
1. Abgesangsszene

Year of composition: 1979
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 2 1 - timp, str(14 12 10 8 6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
violin I(14)
violin II(12)
Commissioned by: Kompositionsauftrag der Stadtsparkasse Kassel
Duration: 9′
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1. Abgesangsszene

World Première

Location: Kassel / Germany
Date: 08.11.1979
Orchestra: RSO Frankfurt
Conductor: John Carewe

Work Introduction

After initially composing the piece for the Spohr Festival in Kassel in 1979, Rihm carried on that same year to make a cycle of five Abgesangszenen [“farewell scenes”], the last of which he completed in 1981. The first of them is sombre, ominous music, quite slow, its dynamics restrained – almost seven minutes pass before a fortissimo outbreak. Initially, fragments of a melody pass among several instrumental groups; then the melody emerges in its entirety and the music gains momentum, although its sombre atmosphere remains throughout.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

Score – 1. Abgesangsszene

  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: score
  • UE17086
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-5034-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-04041-2
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