Wolfgang Rihm: 1. Streichquartett

  • for string quartet
  • Duration: 8’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Dedication: Herrn Karl-Heinz Schellinger gewidmet

Work introduction

Precocious Wolfgang Rihm was 18 when he composed his String Quartet No. 1. (Although, to be more precise, he had already written a piece in G minor for two violins, viola and cello in 1966 – it was premièred in 1997 – and another one two years later, also premièred in 1997).

His first quartet with a number appeared in 1987, by which time Rihm had already created a considerable oeuvre, including Quartets 3 through 7. In retrospect, critics attested that the First was an astonishing departure towards Rihm’s compositional future.


World première

Hamburg (DE)
Main soloists:
Roland Greutter, Melin Moon, Jakob Zeijil, Bernhard Gmelin

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