Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Nähe fern 4

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Nähe fern 4

Year of composition: 2011-2012
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
cor anglais
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
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
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
violin I
violin II
double bass
Commissioned by: Auftragswerk von Luzerner Sinfonieorchester und LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Duration: 13′
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Nähe fern 4

World Première

Location: KKL Luzern / Switzerland
Date: 13.06.2012
Orchestra: Luzerner SO
Conductor: James Gaffigan

Work Introduction

Like the three previous movements of Rihm’s Nähe fern-Symphony (each of which can be paired with the Brahms symphonies), this conclusive piece deals with reminiscence. The main theme from the first movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 appears in the background, as if veiled, although Rihm’s music does conjure up the spirit of Brahms, his world and much that has happened in music since then – up to Rihm’s own. There are frictions in the harmony not to be found in Brahms; yet the longing, the tenderness, the dark colours of his late Romanticism are all there, filtered through Rihm’s creative personality.

full score - Nähe fern 4

Nähe fern 4
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study score - Nähe fern 4

Nähe fern 4
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

study score - Nähe fern 4

Nähe fern 4
  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

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