Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre V

Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre V
Chiffre V

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre V

Year of composition:
1984
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vln, vla, vc(2), cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet (+bass cl)
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn
trumpet (+bass tpt)
trombone
percussion(2) (+bells)
piano
violin(2)
viola
violoncello(2)
contrabass
Duration:
8’
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Work introduction

“Thrusts, pulses, convulsive progression from the organic to the mechanical, time-atoms, contoured units, steepled, returning to the elementary metallic (bell sounds, metallic instrumental accents) and, recurrently, an outgrowth of feelers (like at the end). The Finger.”

(Wolfgang Rihm)

Rihm also turns to Pascal to help “explain” the piece: “An image contains absence and presence, pleasure and displeasure. Chiffre has a double meaning: a clear one and another one, of which it is said that a different meaning is hidden within.” (From Pascal’s Pensées).

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Chiffre V

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre V

score
for orchestra , 8’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vln, vla, vc(2), cb

Chiffre V

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre V

score
for orchestra , 8’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vln, vla, vc(2), cb

World première

Location:
Paris
Date:
03.12.1984
Orchestra:
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Conductor:
Gary Bertini

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