Wolfgang Rihm: 9. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm 9. Streichquartett
9. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 9. Streichquartett

Year of composition:
1992-1993
Subtitle:
Quartettsatz
Scored for:
for string quartet
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation details:
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
Commission:
für das 20jährige Jubiläum der Römerbad-Musiktage, Badenweiler 1993
Duration:
25’
Dedication:
Dem Emerson String Quartet gewidmet
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9. Streichquartett
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Work introduction

To borrow the description of Mahler: the String Quartet No. 9 is a world of its own. Consequently, this music has infinite aspects, even if the basic tempo is quick and the sound is generally alien. A melody always shimmers through; precisely because it is played legato, it predominates over its surroundings. A dance-like element also keeps returning; but fundamentally this seems to be a mysterious world in which, strangely, much is implied but little is directly stated.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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9. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 9. Streichquartett

score
for string quartet , 25’

9. Streichquartett

Wolfgang Rihm: 9. Streichquartett

score
for string quartet , 25’

World première

Location:
Badenweiler
Date:
13.11.1993
Orchestra:
Emerson String Quartet

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