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Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Klangbeschreibung 2

Year of composition: 1986/1987
Subtitle: Innere Grenze
Scored for: for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Text Source: "Der Wanderer und sein Schatten – Ein Buch"
Text Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Soloists: high soprano, 2 sopranos, (mezzo-)soprano
Instrumentation: hn, tpt(2), tbn(2), perc(6)
Instrumentation details:
horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
1st percussion (3 tubular bells, 3 plate bells, 8 antique cymbals, 1 woodblock [very high], 1 large hammer, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
2nd percussion (5 tubular bells, 1 gong, 1 xylophone, 1 large hammer, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
3rd percussion (1 bongo [very high], 1 hyoshigi, 1 lions roar, 3 tom-tom [high, medium, low], 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
4th percussion (1 bongo [very high], 1 hyoshigi, 1 lions roar, 1 woodblock [very high], 1 bass drum, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
5th percussion (1 bass drum, 1 lions roar, 1 large thunder sheet, 2 bongos [medium, very high], 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
6th percussion (1 bongo [very high], 3 tom-tom [high, medium, low], 1 large thunder sheet, 1 woodblock [low], 1 lions roar, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
Commissioned by: Auftrag des Südwestfunk
Duration: 30′
 
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Klangbeschreibung 2

World Première

Location: Donaueschingen / Germany
Date: 18.10.1987
Orchestra: SWF-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor: Michael Gielen
Main Soloists: Ingrid Ade-Jesemann, Monika Bair-Ivenz, Christa Muckenheim, Christine Whittlesey, Ges; Gabrieli-Blechblasquintett: Reinhold Friedrich und Klaus Schuwer, Trp; Thomas Bernstein, Hr; Hartmut Friedrich, Pos; Stefan Bender, tbn; Slagwerkgroep Den Haag

Work Introduction

This piece is not a setting of Nietzsche’s poem “Der Wanderer und sein Schatten – ein Buch”; Rihm is not concerned with the intelligibility of the words. Instead, he takes single words and groups of words from the poem, to be sung by the four women’s voices. Entering into this unique world of instrumental and human sounds, the listener seems to be attending a ritual; instruments reply to one another, echo one another or serve to prompt the entries of the hovering women’s voices, either solo or in ensemble. Chords leave a single pitch remaining, sustained lengthily, only to segue to further sonic events where other instruments or voice(s) have their say. Rihm remarks, “Every sound is a sculpture of itself.”

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Klangbeschreibung 2
  • for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players
  • Edition type: score
  • Language: German

score - Klangbeschreibung 2

Klangbeschreibung 2
  • for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players
  • Edition type: score

study score - Klangbeschreibung 2

Klangbeschreibung 2
  • for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players
  • Edition type: study score

study score - Klangbeschreibung 2

Klangbeschreibung 2
  • for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players
  • Edition type: study score

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