Wolfgang Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm Klangbeschreibung 2
Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 2

Year of composition:
1986/1987
Subtitle:
Innere Grenze
Scored for:
for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Text author:
Friedrich Nietzsche
Soloists:
high soprano, 2 sopranos, (mezzo-)soprano
Instrumentation:
hn, tpt(2), tbn(2), perc(6)
Instrumentation details:
horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
1st percussion (3 tubular bells, 3 plate bells, 8 antique cymbals, 1 woodblock [very high], 1 large hammer, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
2nd percussion (5 tubular bells, 1 gong, 1 xylophone, 1 large hammer, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
3rd percussion (1 bongo [very high], 1 hyoshigi, 1 lions roar, 3 tom-tom [high, medium, low], 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
4th percussion (1 bongo [very high], 1 hyoshigi, 1 lions roar, 1 woodblock [very high], 1 bass drum, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
5th percussion (1 bass drum, 1 lions roar, 1 large thunder sheet, 2 bongos [medium, very high], 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
6th percussion (1 bongo [very high], 3 tom-tom [high, medium, low], 1 large thunder sheet, 1 woodblock [low], 1 lions roar, 4 suspended cymbals [very high, high, medium, low])
Commission:
Auftrag des Südwestfunk
Duration:
30’
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Work introduction

This piece is not a setting of Nietzsche’s poem “Der Wanderer und sein Schatten – ein Buch”; Rihm is not concerned with the intelligibility of the words. Instead, he takes single words and groups of words from the poem, to be sung by the four women’s voices. Entering into this unique world of instrumental and human sounds, the listener seems to be attending a ritual; instruments reply to one another, echo one another or serve to prompt the entries of the hovering women’s voices, either solo or in ensemble. Chords leave a single pitch remaining, sustained lengthily, only to segue to further sonic events where other instruments or voice(s) have their say. Rihm remarks, “Every sound is a sculpture of itself.”

Translation: Grant Chorley

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Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 2

score
for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players , 30’
Instr.: hn, tpt(2), tbn(2), perc(6)

Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 2

study score
for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players , 30’
Instr.: hn, tpt(2), tbn(2), perc(6)

Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 2

study score
for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players , 30’
Instr.: hn, tpt(2), tbn(2), perc(6)

Klangbeschreibung 2

Wolfgang Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 2

score
for 4 voices, 5 brass and 6 percussion players , 30’
Instr.: hn, tpt(2), tbn(2), perc(6)

World première

Location:
Donaueschingen
Date:
18.10.1987
Orchestra:
SWF-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor:
Michael Gielen

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