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Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
De profundis

Year of composition: 2015
Scored for: for choir and orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Original Language: Lateinisch
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 1 - perc(2), str(12 10 8 6 4)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+alto fl)
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A (+bass cl)
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
1st percussion
2nd percussion
violin I(12)
violin II(10)
viola(8)
violoncello(6)
double bass(4)
Commissioned by: Commissioned by ORCAM / Fundación BBVA
Duration: 15′
 
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World Première

Location: Sala Sinfónica Madrid / Spain
Date: 25.04.2016
Orchestra: Orquesta de la Communida de Madrid
Choir: Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Conductor: José Ramon Encinar

Work Introduction

The first two words of Psalm 130 (“Out of the depths I cry unto thee, Lord”) are the title of Rihm’s new work for chorus and orchestra. As in Deus passus, Rihm talks again here about finalities with a deceptively simplified musical language; waiving technical difficulties does not at all preclude profound utterance – as so often, the apparent simplicity is actually the difficulty.

Selected editions are available on sale on request.

De profundis

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