Wolfgang Rihm: 3. Abgesangsszene

Wolfgang Rihm 3. Abgesangsszene
3. Abgesangsszene

Wolfgang Rihm: 3. Abgesangsszene

Year of composition:
1979-1980
Scored for:
for baritone and orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Text author:
Peter Huchel
Soloists:
baritone
Instrumentation:
3 2 2 2 - 4 1 1 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, pno, bass tpt, str(12 10 8 6 4)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+1stpicc)
3rd flute (+2ndpicc)
1st oboe (+ob.d'a)
2nd oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F (+oo)
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
trumpet in C
bass trumpet
trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(3)
harp
piano (+cel)
violin I(12)
violin II(10)
viola(8)
violoncello(6)
contrabass(4)
Commission:
Kompositionsauftrag des Philharmonischen Orchesters Freiburg
Duration:
20’
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3. Abgesangsszene
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Work introduction

In this, the third part of the cycle, Rihm set König Lear and Der Fremde geht davon, two poems by Peter Huchel (1903-1981), to music. This is late Romantic music in the Mahler tradition, highly dramatic and occasionally dance-like. The score is replete with clearly contoured motifs, i.e. melodies which, in the first poem, distantly recall the Wölfli-Lieder and, in the second, suggest folksongs. The orchestration is unusually colourful, adding to the theatrical qualities of this farewell scene.

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World première

Location:
Freiburg (DE)
Date:
18.05.1981
Orchestra:
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
Conductor:
Klaus Weise
Main soloists:
Morris Morgan, Bar

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