Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Samothrake

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

Year of composition: 2011
Scored for: for high soprano and orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Text Source: Aus: Max Beckmann, Unveröffentlichte Briefe an Lilly von Schnitzler 1934–1946
In: Hefte des Max Beckmann Archivs 11/12, herausgegeben von Christian Lenz, München 2010
Original Language: Deutsch
Soloists: soprano
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
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
1st percussion
2nd percussion
violin I
violin II
double bass
Commissioned by: Im Auftrag vom Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Duration: 15′
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World Première

Location: Gewandhaus Leipzig / Germany
Date: 15.03.2012
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester
Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
Main Soloists: Anna Prohaska, S

Work Introduction

The title is the one that Max Beckmann gave to his poetry. This poetic text is the ‘basis’ of my composition. It is not programme music in the actual sense. I believe that in Samothrake the focus is not as much on the individual state of a subjectively prejudiced protagonist (such as in Schönberg’s Erwartung, for example), it is rather an outlook on the state of the world. Perhaps articulated by a visionary? The mythological Samothrace is a place that is determined very much by female intuition: the Gods that were worshipped there fall under the term ’Great Mother‘ (Aphrodite, Demeter, Hecate).

Wolfgang Rihm

study score - Samothrake

  • for high soprano and orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

piano reduction - Samothrake

  • for high soprano and orchestra
  • Edition type: piano reduction

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