Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VII

Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre VII
Chiffre VII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VII

Year of composition:
1985
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vln(2), vla, vc(2), cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in in A
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
trumpet in C (+bass tpt)
bass trumpet
trombone
1st percussion
2nd percussion
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
10’
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Work introduction

Rihm takes his time in his piece; peace predominates, the music is transparent, airy. One could call it a fantasia or a meditation – yet the composer’s own view is different, expressed in a commentary from 1988: “Clearer signs or signals solved, dissolved or resolved, less concealed, the melodics perspectival – suddenly, amidst a ritual scene, unresolved, whether happily or threateningly. Theatre, bleak and frosty, yet darkly splendid – cold threads (seeds?), no conclusion, open-ended – by no means a finality.”

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Chiffre VII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VII

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

Chiffre VII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VII

study score
for orchestra , 10’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vln(2), vla, vc(2), cb

Chiffre VII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VII

study score
for orchestra , 10’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vln(2), vla, vc(2), cb

World première

Location:
Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Date:
15.09.1985
Orchestra:
Ensemble 13
Conductor:
Manfred Reichert

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