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Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – 13. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
13. Streichquartett

Year of composition: 2011
Scored for: for string quartet
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation details:

Commissioned by: Im Auftrag der Cité de la musique
Duration: 23′
Dedication: dem Arditti Quartett gewidmet
 
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13. Streichquartett

World Première

Location: Cité de la musique Paris / France
Date: 19.01.2012
Orchestra: Arditti String Quartet

Work Introduction

Apart from the 11-bar Adagio section and some short ritardandi (which soon turn into accelerandi), this quartet in one movement is to be played presto possibile. The first bar presents the motivic seed on which the entire piece is based; constantly subjected to variation, it occasionally appears in the mask of a lyrical melody – in the viola, for instance – while the other instruments play rapid, richly accentuated passages. This harried music is of irrepressible power, its expressiveness reminiscent of Alban Berg. As Rihm once wrote, “You have to struggle with a string quartet, trenchantly and lovingly;” his String Quartet No. 13 is compelling proof of his struggle.

score - 13. Streichquartett

13. Streichquartett
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: score

set of parts - 13. Streichquartett

13. Streichquartett
  • for string quartet
  • Edition type: set of parts

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