Wolfgang Rihm: 2. Doppelgesang

Wolfgang Rihm 2. Doppelgesang
2. Doppelgesang

Wolfgang Rihm: 2. Doppelgesang

Year of composition:
1981-1983
Subtitle:
Music
Scored for:
for clarinet, violoncello and orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Soloists:
clarinet, violoncello
Instrumentation:
0 2 0 2 - 2 0 0 0, str(at least 10 8 6 4 3)
Instrumentation details:
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
15’
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2. Doppelgesang
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Work introduction

As with many others of Rihm’s works, the keyword to this music is Gesang, as he lets the instruments sing again and again; in his Doppelgesängen they sing with one voice, as if a single instrument were playing. “Janus singing,” as the composer says. The long, sustained notes generate terrific tension for about 5,5 minutes, until dance-like material is introduced in a short, bright section. The moment is almost surreal – it is gone again as quickly as it came and the prevailing atmosphere of the music returns.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

World première

Location:
Hitzacker
Date:
07.08.1983
Orchestra:
I Fiamminghi
Conductor:
Rudolf Werthen

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