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Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

Year of composition: 2009
Scored for: for vocal quartet and string quartet
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation details:
1st tenor
2nd tenor
1st violin
2nd violin
Commissioned by: Ein Auftragswerk von KölnMusik, Festival d’Automne Paris und Carnegie Hall, New York
Commande de KölnMusik, du Festival d’automne, et de Carnegie Hall, New York
Commissioned by KölnMusik, Festival d’Automne Paris, and Carnegie Hall, New York

Duration: 60′
Dedication: geschrieben für das Hilliard-Ensemble und das Arditti-Quartett
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World Première

Location: Philharmonie Köln / Germany
Date: 15.11.2009
Orchestra: Arditti String Quartet
Choir: Hilliard Ensemble

Work Introduction

In this work text fragments from the Roman requiem liturgy can be heard; however not 'intact' and not in the correct liturgical order. They appear more as components reminiscent of a progressively realised whole.

Great significance is displayed by the reappearance of specific groups of words – for example, in the middle of the work: "… et lux perpetua luceat …". Through circling reflection the comforting yet deeply disturbing meaning of these words might just become perceptible.

Wolfgang Rihm

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