Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Von weit

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Von weit

Year of composition: 1993
Subtitle: "Antlitz" - Version umschrieben
Scored for: for violoncello and piano
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation details:

Remarks: Kurt Kocherscheidt
Duration: 12′
Dedication: Christof Bitter gewidmet
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Von weit

World Première

Location: Stuttgart / Germany
Date: 19.11.1994
Main Soloists: Lucas Fels, Vc; Yukiko Sugawara, Klav

Work Introduction

Von weit refers to Rihm’s close ties to Robert Schumann’s world of musical thought and aesthetic; “fantasy pieces,” the genre for which Schumann had a special fondness, each one expressing a specific figure or characteristic – they could be cited as Rihm’s musical starting points.

Thus also in his duo for piano and cello Von weit – its movements modelled extremely sparsely, in the manner Rihm had already composed in other works (e.g. the movement for string quartet Zwischen den Zeilen [“Between the Lines”], 1991). Departing from an open fifth in the piano, along with some selective, isolated cello pitches, the overall effect is maintained on the same level throughout the work – a “static” description of as it were ephemeral sonic states.

Joachim Brügge (from the programme booklet, Salzburg Festival 2000)

Translation Copyright © 2012 by Grant Chorley

Sheet music – Von weit

  • for violoncello and piano
  • Degree of difficulty: 7-8
  • Edition type: sheet music
  • UE30164
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-5969-7
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-03829-7
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