Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Klangbeschreibung 3

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Klangbeschreibung 3

Year of composition: 1984/1987
Scored for: for large orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: 5 3 5 3 - 4 4 4 1 - timp, perc(6), hp(2), cel/, pno, str(16 14 12 10 8)
Instrumentation details:
1st piccolo
2nd piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Eb (+cl(A))
1st clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
2nd clarinet in A (+cl(Bb))
3rd clarinet in A (+bass cl(Bb))
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
4th trumpet in C (+picc.tpt in C)
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
4th trombone (+bass tpt)
contrabass tuba
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
4th percussion
5th percussion
6th percussion
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta (
violin I
violin II
Commissioned by: Auftrag des Südwestfunk
Duration: 40′
Dedication: Michael Gielen zum 60. Geburtstag gewidmet
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Audio Excerpt

Klangbeschreibung 3

World Première

Location: Donaueschingen / Germany
Date: 18.10.1987
Orchestra: SWF-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor: Michael Gielen

Work Introduction

Although Rihm does not locate any correlation among the works in the Klangbeschreibung cycle, listeners may well find one; all three compositions consist of distinguishing sounds and sonic groups, difficult to define in terms of form in its traditional sense. The silences are almost as important as the pitches, while the Klangfarbe [timbre] is increasingly significant. This is mysterious music which the composer himself finds it difficult to explain; in the programme booklet for the world premiere in Donaueschingen he makes an attempt, listing the titles of many of his own pieces: “ … a kind of black hole into which traces, signs, contours, twilights and records collapse – as if they were real.”

Translation: Grant Chorley

score - Klangbeschreibung 3

Klangbeschreibung 3
  • for large orchestra
  • Edition type: score

study score - Klangbeschreibung 3

Klangbeschreibung 3
  • for large orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

study score - Klangbeschreibung 3

Klangbeschreibung 3
  • for large orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

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