Wolfgang Rihm: "Dämmrung senkte sich von oben"

Wolfgang Rihm "Dämmrung senkte sich von oben"

Wolfgang Rihm: "Dämmrung senkte sich von oben"

Year of composition:
2004/2012
Scored for:
for baritone and orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Text author:
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 4 0 0 0, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in A
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration:
4’
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Work introduction

Goethe’s poem had already inspired Johannes Brahms and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn; Rihm turned his attention to it in 2004. Responding to the request of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra to compose four short pieces to be paired with each of the Brahms symphonies, he chose a quote from the second line of the poem for his title - Schon ist alle Nähe fern [“Everything close is already distant”] – also returning to his own setting, scoring Goethe’s words for baritone and orchestra. The piece premiered on 20 August 2012 as part of the first performance of Rihm’s symphony Nähe fern.

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Wolfgang Rihm: "Dämmrung senkte sich von oben"

full score
for baritone and orchestra , 4’
Instr.: 2 2 2 2 - 4 0 0 0, str

Wolfgang Rihm: "Dämmrung senkte sich von oben"

study score
for baritone and orchestra , 4’
Instr.: 2 2 2 2 - 4 0 0 0, str

World première

Location:
Luzern
Date:
20.08.2012
Orchestra:
Luzerner SO
Conductor:
James Gaffigan

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