Wolfgang Rihm: Aria/Ariadne

Wolfgang Rihm Aria/Ariadne
Aria/Ariadne

Wolfgang Rihm: Aria/Ariadne

Year of composition:
2001
Subtitle:
"Szenarie"
Scored for:
for soprano and chamber orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Text author:
Friedrich Nietzsche
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation:
0 1 0 0 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, str(6 6 4 4 2)
Instrumentation details:
oboe
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
harp
1st violin I(2)
2nd violin I(2)
3rd violin I(2)
1st violin II(2)
2nd violin II(2)
3rd violin II(2)
1st viola(2)
2nd viola(2)
1st violoncello(2)
2nd violoncello(2)
contrabass(2)
Commission:
ein Kompositionsauftrag von KölnMusik
Duration:
30’
Dedication:
geschrieben für Juliane Banse und das Münchner Kammerorchester, Leitung: Christoph Poppen
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Work introduction

While Rihm was composing Aria/Ariadne, he was already thinking of writing an opera on the Dionysus theme (which he eventually did in 2009/2010). Aria/Ariadne is one of his many confrontations with Nietzsche; it is a setting of Ariadne’s Lament from the Dionysus Dithyrambs. Rihm’s subtitle Szenarie could be a hapax legomenon; even when he was composing the aria, he was already thinking of a staged version; and that became reality in 2009, when it was performed in Basle as part of the operatic presentation Drei Frauen, together with the Penthesilea Monologue and Das Gehege.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

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Aria/Ariadne

Wolfgang Rihm: Aria/Ariadne

study score
for soprano and chamber orchestra , 30’
Instr.: 0 1 0 0 - 2 0 0 0 - hp, str(6 6 4 4 2)

World première

Location:
Köln
Date:
22.01.2002
Orchestra:
Münchener Kammerorchester
Conductor:
Christoph Poppen

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