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Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Fremde Szene III

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Fremde Szene III

Year of composition: 1983-1984
Scored for: for violin, violoncello and piano
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation details:

Remarks: Studienpartitur käuflich unter UE18108 (Fremde Szenen I-III)
Duration: 15′
 
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Fremde Szene III

World Première

Location: Gelsenkirchen / Germany
Date: 21.11.1984
Main Soloists: Saschko Gawriloff, Vl; Siegfried Palm, Vc; Bruno Canino, Klav

Work Introduction

These three “essays” for piano trio have become classics of new chamber music since their premiere in the early 1980s. Rihm is fully aware of the “strangeness” or “foreignness” of his chamber-music “scenes,” in particular that of the second Trio, which bears the title Charakterstück [“character piece”], reminding listeners of Schumann. The composer warns: “The foreign tongue speaks its very own language, no note is quoted – [the music] falls, plunges into the notes.”

The history of the genre already seems to be apparent in the first Trio behind a veil, typical of Rihm’s gestures – impulsiveness, characteristically obsessive repetitions and pensive, meditative moments. The “character piece” is replete with surprises; the composer is inviting listeners on a surreal journey.

The beginning of the third Trio is fragmentary, languorous, with silences between the fragments; tradition seems to have receded into the background. But it returns after about three minutes, with gestures and paraphrases perhaps more reminiscent of Beethoven and Brahms than Schumann. In the course of the work the music shifts about oddly as Rihm seems to be playing with tradition, steering the music into pathways which surprise and fascinate the listener.

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set of parts - Fremde Szene III

Fremde Szene III
  • for violin, violoncello and piano
  • Edition type: set of parts

set of parts - Fremde Szene III

Fremde Szene III
  • for violin, violoncello and piano
  • Edition type: set of parts

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