Wolfgang Rihm: Von weit

Wolfgang Rihm Von weit
Von weit

Wolfgang Rihm: Von weit

Year of composition:
1993
Subtitle:
"Antlitz" - Version umschrieben
Scored for:
for violoncello and piano
Composer:
Wolfgang Rihm
Remarks:
Kurt Kocherscheidt
Duration:
12’
Dedication:
Christof Bitter gewidmet
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Von weit
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Work introduction

Von weit refers to Rihm’s close ties to Robert Schumann’s world of musical thought and aesthetic; “fantasy pieces,” the genre for which Schumann had a special fondness, each one expressing a specific figure or characteristic – they could be cited as Rihm’s musical starting points.

Thus also in his duo for piano and cello Von weit – its movements modelled extremely sparsely, in the manner Rihm had already composed in other works (e.g. the movement for string quartet Zwischen den Zeilen [“Between the Lines”], 1991). Departing from an open fifth in the piano, along with some selective, isolated cello pitches, the overall effect is maintained on the same level throughout the work – a “static” description of as it were ephemeral sonic states.

Joachim Brügge (from the programme booklet, Salzburg Festival 2000)

Translation Copyright © 2012 by Grant Chorley

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World première

Location:
Stuttgart
Date:
19.11.1994

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