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Wolfgang Rihm: 3. Abgesangsszene

  • for baritone and orchestra
  • 3 2 2 2 - 4 1 1 1 - timp, perc(3), hp, pno, bass tpt, str(12 10 8 6 4)
  • Duration: 20’
  • Soloists:
    baritone
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+1stpicc)
    3rd flute (+2ndpicc)
    1st oboe (+ob.d'a)
    2nd oboe (+c.a)
    clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
    bass clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    contrabassoon
    1st horn in F (+oo)
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    trumpet in C
    bass trumpet
    trombone
    tuba
    timpani
    percussion(3)
    harp
    piano (+cel)
    violin I(12)
    violin II(10)
    viola(8)
    violoncello(6)
    contrabass(4)
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Text author: Peter Huchel
  • Commission: Kompositionsauftrag des Philharmonischen Orchesters Freiburg

Work introduction

In this, the third part of the cycle, Rihm set König Lear and Der Fremde geht davon, two poems by Peter Huchel (1903-1981), to music. This is late Romantic music in the Mahler tradition, highly dramatic and occasionally dance-like. The score is replete with clearly contoured motifs, i.e. melodies which, in the first poem, distantly recall the Wölfli-Lieder and, in the second, suggest folksongs. The orchestration is unusually colourful, adding to the theatrical qualities of this farewell scene.

Audiosamples

World première

Location:
Freiburg (DE)
Date:
18.05.1981
Orchestra:
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
Conductor:
Klaus Weise
Main soloists:
Morris Morgan, Bar

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