Wolfgang Rihm: 1. Doppelgesang

Wolfgang Rihm 1. Doppelgesang
1. Doppelgesang

Wolfgang Rihm: 1. Doppelgesang

Year of composition:
1980
Subtitle:
Music
Scored for:
for viola, violoncello and orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, perc, hp, vln, vla(3), vc(3), cb(3)
Instrumentation details:
flute(2)
oboe(2)
clarinet(2)
bassoon(2)
horn(2)
trumpet
trombone
timpani
percussion
harp
violin(6)
viola(3)
violoncello(3)
contrabass(3)
Duration:
15’
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1. Doppelgesang
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Work introduction

The idea for a double concerto for viola and cello came from Walter Grimmer, cellist of the Berlin String Quartet. Rihm’s music is highly dramatic, driven as if it were a wrestling match in which the two soloists were locked in a struggle for victory over the 30 members of the orchestra. The composer was thinking the while on the friendship of Rimbaud and Verlaine, as well as “the free forms of lyrical prose and musical hybrids – concerto and dance scene, vocal duet and chamber symphony.”

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

World première

Location:
Baden-Baden
Date:
18.01.1984
Orchestra:
SWF-SO Baden-Baden
Conductor:
Jan Latham-Koenig

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