Wolfgang Rihm: 10. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm 10. Streichquartett
10. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 10. Streichquartett

Year of composition:
1993/1997
Scored for:
for string quartet
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation details:
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
Commission:
geschrieben für das Arditti-Quartett, London, im Auftrag der Berliner Festwochen
Duration:
23’
Dedication:
Franz Armin Morat gewidmet
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Work introduction

This work consists of three movements; the first, Vorform [“Preform”] and the third, Strophe, are quite short – they frame the middle movement, called Battaglia / Follia [“Battle / Folly”], according to which the music is written. It is aggressive, chiselled (the strings are more often struck than bowed). This is the milieu in which the children’s song Taler, Taler, musst wandern, von der einen Hand zur andern appears. Naturally, the middle section also makes references to La Follia. The thrilling furioso is followed in the last movement by a “sonically severe, concentrated and almost metaphysical counterpart, giving the totality of the composition its compelling power,” as Matthias Roth says.

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10. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 10. Streichquartett

score
for string quartet , 23’

10. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 10. Streichquartett

pocket score
for string quartet , 23’

10. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 10. Streichquartett

score
for string quartet , 23’

World première

Location:
Berlin
Date:
20.09.1997
Orchestra:
Arditti String Quartet

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