Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VIII

Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre VIII
Chiffre VIII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VIII

Year of composition:
1985/1988
Scored for:
for 8 players
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
bass cl, cbsn, hn, tbn, pno, vc(2), cb(1)
Instrumentation details:
bass clarinet
contrabassoon
horn
trombone
piano
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
4’
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Work introduction

This short, pensive piece seems to be conjuring up reminiscences of other works in the cycle. The music is slow and quiet, with long silences. Yet a sound is played sforzato again and again; a short repetition issues from the piano. Many of the pitches seem newly born from other, previous ones from another instrument, while others fade away during the piece, a coda or epilogue composed six years after the first Chiffre.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Chiffre VIII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VIII

score
for 8 players , 4’
Instr.: bass cl, cbsn, hn, tbn, pno, vc(2), cb(1)

Chiffre VIII

Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VIII

score
for 8 players , 4’
Instr.: bass cl, cbsn, hn, tbn, pno, vc(2), cb(1)

World première

Location:
Witten (DE)
Date:
23.04.1988
Orchestra:
Ensemble 13
Conductor:
Manfred Reichert

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