Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Aria/Ariadne

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

Year of composition: 2001
Subtitle: "Szenarie"
Scored for: for soprano and chamber orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Text Source: Ariadne's Lament from the Dionysos Dithyrambs
Text Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Original Language: Deutsch
Soloists: soprano
Instrumentation: 0 1 0 0 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, str(6 6 4 4 2)
Instrumentation details:
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st violin I(2)
2nd violin I(2)
3rd violin I(2)
1st violin II(2)
2nd violin II(2)
3rd violin II(2)
1st viola(2)
2nd viola(2)
1st violoncello(2)
2nd violoncello(2)
Commissioned by: ein Kompositionsauftrag von KölnMusik
Duration: 30′
Dedication: geschrieben für Juliane Banse und das Münchner Kammerorchester, Leitung: Christoph Poppen
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World Première

Location: Kölner Philharmonie Köln / Germany
Date: 22.01.2002
Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester
Conductor: Christoph Poppen
Main Soloists: Juliane Banse, S

Work Introduction

While Rihm was composing Aria/Ariadne, he was already thinking of writing an opera on the Dionysus theme (which he eventually did in 2009/2010). Aria/Ariadne is one of his many confrontations with Nietzsche; it is a setting of Ariadne’s Lament from the Dionysus Dithyrambs. Rihm’s subtitle Szenarie could be a hapax legomenon; even when he was composing the aria, he was already thinking of a staged version; and that became reality in 2009, when it was performed in Basle as part of the operatic presentation Drei Frauen, together with the Penthesilea Monologue and Das Gehege.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

study score - Aria/Ariadne

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