Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Chiffre III

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Chiffre III

Year of composition: 1983
Scored for: for 12 players
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation: 0 1 1 1 - 1 0 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vc(2), cb
Instrumentation details:
cor anglais
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
bass trumpet
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
Commissioned by: Im Auftrag des Kultusministeriums Baden-Württemberg
Duration: 10′
Dedication: Komponiert für das „ensemble 13“ (Manfred Reichert)
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Audio Excerpt

Chiffre III

World Première

Location: Karlsruhe / Germany
Date: 07.12.1983
Orchestra: Ensemble 13
Conductor: Manfred Reichert

Work Introduction

As in the first two Chiffres, the piano has a solo role in Chiffre III. It enters with a striking theme immediately after an introduction featuring tom-toms. A bass clarinet and a bassoon accompany the theme, suggesting a quotation; two bars follow with rhythm reminiscent of Stravinsky. The theme and its fragments will return several times (in the cor anglais, for instance) like a type of signal (= chiffre). There are other signal-like motifs, appearing as a kind of commentary on the dramatic events in the piece. A bell and a police whistle also provide signals, while the piano transforms into a “piano furioso”, as in the previous Chiffres, raging isterico and martellatissimo in a strange, secretive musical world.

Translation: Grant Chorley

score - Chiffre III

Chiffre III
  • for 12 players
  • Edition type: score

score - Chiffre III

Chiffre III
  • for 12 players
  • Edition type: score

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