Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Chiffre VII

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Chiffre VII

Year of composition: 1985
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vln(2), vla, vc(2), cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in in A
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
trumpet in C (+bass tpt)
bass trumpet
1st percussion
2nd percussion
1st violin
2nd violin
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
Duration: 10′
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Audio Excerpt

Chiffre VII

World Première

Location: Frankfurt am Main / Germany
Date: 15.09.1985
Orchestra: Ensemble 13
Conductor: Manfred Reichert

Work Introduction

Rihm takes his time in his piece; peace predominates, the music is transparent, airy. One could call it a fantasia or a meditation – yet the composer’s own view is different, expressed in a commentary from 1988: “Clearer signs or signals solved, dissolved or resolved, less concealed, the melodics perspectival – suddenly, amidst a ritual scene, unresolved, whether happily or threateningly. Theatre, bleak and frosty, yet darkly splendid – cold threads (seeds?), no conclusion, open-ended – by no means a finality.”

Translation: Grant Chorley

score - Chiffre VII

Chiffre VII
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: score

study score - Chiffre VII

Chiffre VII
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

study score - Chiffre VII

Chiffre VII
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

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