Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Dritte Musik

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Dritte Musik

Year of composition: 1993
Scored for: for violin and orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Soloists: violin
Instrumentation: 0 0 4 4 - 3 0 2 1 - timp, perc(5), hp, acc, pno, vla(10), vc(8), cb(6)
Instrumentation details:
bass clarinet(2)
Remarks: in memoriam Kurt Kocherscheidt
Duration: 20′
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Dritte Musik

World Première

Location: Baden-Baden / Germany
Date: 07.05.1993
Orchestra: SWF-SO Baden-Baden
Conductor: Michael Gielen
Main Soloists: Gottfried Schneider, Vl

Work Introduction

This work is Rihm’s third violin concerto, after Lichtzwang (1975/76) and Gesungene Zeit (1991/92). It sounds almost as though the composer had added a solo violin to his Dunkles Spiel; again and again, percussion accompanies the violin, the sound is enriched by harp and piano, the sonics turn dark. Yet Dritte Musik is much more than a new version of Dunkles Spiel (not least because the orchestra is much larger, including an accordion, with its own distinctive sonic colour added to the mix); this violin concerto is compellingly witty, fantastical music which traverses multifarious landscapes in not quite 18 minutes. Like Kolchis and the Klavierstück Nr. 6, Rihm dedicated this piece to his friend, the painter Kurt Kocherscheidt.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Dritte Musik
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Dritte Musik
  • for violin and orchestra
  • Edition type: full score

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