Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre III

Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre III
Chiffre III

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre III

Year of composition:
1983
Scored for:
for 12 players
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
0 1 1 1 - 1 0 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vc(2), cb
Instrumentation details:
cor anglais
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
bass trumpet
trombone
percussion(2)
piano
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass
Commission:
Im Auftrag des Kultusministeriums Baden-Württemberg
Duration:
10’
Dedication:
Komponiert für das „ensemble 13“ (Manfred Reichert)
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Work introduction

As in the first two Chiffres, the piano has a solo role in Chiffre III. It enters with a striking theme immediately after an introduction featuring tom-toms. A bass clarinet and a bassoon accompany the theme, suggesting a quotation; two bars follow with rhythm reminiscent of Stravinsky. The theme and its fragments will return several times (in the cor anglais, for instance) like a type of signal (= chiffre). There are other signal-like motifs, appearing as a kind of commentary on the dramatic events in the piece. A bell and a police whistle also provide signals, while the piano transforms into a “piano furioso”, as in the previous Chiffres, raging isterico and martellatissimo in a strange, secretive musical world.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Chiffre III

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre III

score
for 12 players , 10’
Instr.: 0 1 1 1 - 1 0 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vc(2), cb

Chiffre III

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre III

score
for 12 players , 10’
Instr.: 0 1 1 1 - 1 0 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vc(2), cb

World première

Location:
Karlsruhe
Date:
07.12.1983
Orchestra:
Ensemble 13
Conductor:
Manfred Reichert

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