Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Blick auf Kolchis

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Blick auf Kolchis

Year of composition: 2002
Scored for: for ensemble
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: cb.fl, c.a, bass cl, perc, hp, pno, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
contrabass flute in C
cor anglais
bass clarinet in Bb
Duration: 11′
Dedication: Gottfried Boehm zum 60. Geburtstag
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Blick auf Kolchis

World Première

Location: Fondation Beyeler Basel / Switzerland
Date: 25.10.2002
Orchestra: Ensemble Recherche

Work Introduction

The title refers to Kolchis (1991) for five players which, after various phases and versions, led to Blick auf Kolchis for 10 instruments in 2002. The piece begins with a duet for violin and contrabass flute, a sound reminiscent of a portative organ. Although this unusual coupling has no soloist function, it is prominent throughout the entire piece, particularly since the ensemble keeps falling silent to let the duo’s sound emerge. The music is at once meditative and exciting, thanks to the slow tempo, the long, sustained pitches and the crack of the wood block (“extremely hard,” as the composer instructs).

Translation: Grant Chorley

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