Wolfgang Rihm: Cuts and Dissolves

Wolfgang Rihm Cuts and Dissolves
Cuts and Dissolves

Wolfgang Rihm: Cuts and Dissolves

Year of composition:
1976
Subtitle:
Orchesterskizzen
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 1 - perc(3), hp, pno, vln(3), vla(2), vc(2), cb(2)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+alto fl
picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet
2nd trumpet
1st trombone
2nd trombone
tuba
percussion(3)
harp
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
3rd violin
1st viola
2nd viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
1st contrabass
2nd contrabass
Duration:
17’
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Work introduction

Rihm chose this title for the first of his works commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain; he composed it when he was 24 and it was premiered shortly before his 25th birthday, conducted by Michael Gielen. Borrowed from cinematography, the name perhaps indicates the short sections which make up the piece (whence surely the subtitle “Orchestra Sketches” as well).

The music evinces the young composer’s sense of drama, tension and Klangfarbe (percussion, harp and piano are prominent), including huge outbursts, the percussion predominating. Just before the dramatic finale, a quiet, barren landscape appears, as if the preceding storms had left their traces behind.

Translation: Grant Chorley

World première

Location:
Paris
Date:
03.03.1977
Orchestra:
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Conductor:
Michael Gielen

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