Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Chiffre V

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Chiffre V

Year of composition: 1984
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vln, vla, vc(2), cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet (+bass cl)
bassoon (+cbsn)
trumpet (+bass tpt)
percussion(2) (+bells)
Duration: 8′
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Audio Excerpt

Chiffre V

World Première

Location: Paris / France
Date: 03.12.1984
Orchestra: Ensemble Intercontemporain
Conductor: Gary Bertini

Work Introduction

“Thrusts, pulses, convulsive progression from the organic to the mechanical, time-atoms, contoured units, steepled, returning to the elementary metallic (bell sounds, metallic instrumental accents) and, recurrently, an outgrowth of feelers (like at the end). The Finger.”

(Wolfgang Rihm)

Rihm also turns to Pascal to help “explain” the piece: “An image contains absence and presence, pleasure and displeasure. Chiffre has a double meaning: a clear one and another one, of which it is said that a different meaning is hidden within.” (From Pascal’s Pensées).

Translation: Grant Chorley

score - Chiffre V

Chiffre V
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: score

score - Chiffre V

Chiffre V
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: score

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