Wolfgang Rihm: Astralis

Wolfgang Rihm Astralis
Astralis

Wolfgang Rihm: Astralis

Year of composition:
2001
Subtitle:
"Über die Linie" III
Scored for:
for small choir, violoncello and timpani
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Text author:
Novalis
Choir:
kleiner Chor
Instrumentation details:
violoncello
timpani(2)
Duration:
25’
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Work introduction

Astralis is a slow meditation on the idea expressed in Novalis’ eponymous poem. The poet (1772-1801) foresaw “a strange, wondrous, shimmering future,” although his vision was a tragic one: “The body dissolved in tears.”

Considering this anticipation of a bleak future, Rihm imagined hymnal music to which the cello adds its voice, alternately singing and weeping. The two timpani remain in the background, their sound scarcely perceptible, mysterious, like faraway thunder.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Astralis

Wolfgang Rihm: Astralis

score
for small choir, violoncello and timpani , 25’

World première

Location:
Berlin
Date:
23.01.2002
Conductor:
David Jones

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