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Wolfgang Rihm: 10. Streichquartett

  • for string quartet
  • Duration: 23’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Dedication: Franz Armin Morat gewidmet
  • Commission: geschrieben für das Arditti-Quartett, London, im Auftrag der Berliner Festwochen

Work introduction

This work consists of three movements; the first, Vorform [“Preform”] and the third, Strophe, are quite short – they frame the middle movement, called Battaglia / Follia [“Battle / Folly”], according to which the music is written. It is aggressive, chiselled (the strings are more often struck than bowed). This is the milieu in which the children’s song Taler, Taler, musst wandern, von der einen Hand zur andern appears. Naturally, the middle section also makes references to La Follia. The thrilling furioso is followed in the last movement by a “sonically severe, concentrated and almost metaphysical counterpart, giving the totality of the composition its compelling power,” as Matthias Roth says.


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Philharmonie, Berlin (DE)
Arditti String Quartet

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