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Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

The Composer

Wolfgang Rihm was born on 13 March 1952 in Karlsruhe, a city near the French and Swiss borders, at a stone’s throw from Strasbourg and Basel, two of the many places where he and his music are at home. He lives there to this day in a spacious apartment not only full of books and scores – those one takes for granted – but also of paintings by contemporary artists, mainly by Kurt Kocherscheidt, the Austrian painter with whom Rihm was befriended and to whom he has dedicated a number of works.

Rihm is a composer, professor of composition at the Music Academy of his native city (where his students included Vykintas Baltakas and Jörg Widmann), a remarkable writer on music with several ...


About the Music

Wolfgang Rihm could have become a poet or an artist. He felt the need to express himself creatively from an early age and always had a skill for abstract thought. In the end he became a composer, expressing himself through music.

Rihm is a larger than life phenomenon – in terms of both his encyclopaedic knowledge and his creative output, which also has something encyclopaedic, something all-embracing about it. The same is true of his activities as a teacher (he is a professor of composition at Karlsruhe University of Music), as a writer (he has published several volumes of written works, including interviews), as a lecturer (he is a charismatic speaker) and as a representative of his ...


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