Wolfgang Rihm: Samothrake

Wolfgang Rihm Samothrake
Samothrake

Wolfgang Rihm: Samothrake

Year of composition:
2011
Scored for:
for high soprano and orchestra
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
timpani
1st percussion
2nd percussion
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass
Commission:
Im Auftrag vom Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Duration:
15’
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Work introduction

The title is the one that Max Beckmann gave to his poetry. This poetic text is the ‘basis’ of my composition. It is not programme music in the actual sense. I believe that in Samothrake the focus is not as much on the individual state of a subjectively prejudiced protagonist (such as in Schönberg’s Erwartung, for example), it is rather an outlook on the state of the world. Perhaps articulated by a visionary? The mythological Samothrace is a place that is determined very much by female intuition: the Gods that were worshipped there fall under the term ’Great Mother‘ (Aphrodite, Demeter, Hecate).

Wolfgang Rihm

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Samothrake

Wolfgang Rihm: Samothrake

piano reduction
for high soprano and orchestra , 15’
Instr.: 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, str

World première

Location:
Leipzig
Date:
15.03.2012
Orchestra:
Gewandhausorchester
Conductor:
Ulf Schirmer

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