Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre II

Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre II
Chiffre II

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre II

Year of composition:
1983
Subtitle:
Silence to be beaten
Scored for:
for 14 players
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1-2), pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb)
bass cl(Bb))
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
trumpet in C (+picc.tpt)
trombone
1st, 2nd percussion (version for 2 players)
percussion (version for 1 player)
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
14’
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Chiffre II
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Work introduction

The subtitle of this piece could be a nod in the direction of Varèse’s Arcana (where it appears as an agogic); it seems to be a continuation of the thought-process of Chiffre I. The furioso piano returns, although it is now juxtaposed with an ensemble twice as large which (in contrast to Chiffre I) is not suppressible; in fact, it occasionally manages to subdue the raging.

Chiffre II is highly dramatic music: eruptive, with sudden, short cries and long, very still passages when, from nowhere, the bass drums burst forth into ffff and the music’s continuity is repeatedly interrupted by silences.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Chiffre II

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre II

study score
for 14 players , 14’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1-2), pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)

Chiffre II

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre II

score
for 14 players , 14’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1-2), pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)

Next performances

05 Nov

Chiffre II

Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Berlin (DE)

25 Nov

Chiffre II

St. John's Smith Square, London (GB)

World première

Location:
London
Date:
30.11.1983
Orchestra:
London Sinfonietta
Conductor:
Antony Pay

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