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“Thrusts, pulses, convulsive progression from the organic to the mechanical, time-atoms, contoured units, steepled, returning to the elementary metallic (bell sounds, metallic instrumental accents) and, recurrently, an outgrowth of feelers (like at the end). The Finger.”
Rihm also turns to Pascal to help “explain” the piece: “An image contains absence and presence, pleasure and displeasure. Chiffre has a double meaning: a clear one and another one, of which it is said that a different meaning is hidden within.” (From Pascal’s Pensées).
Translation: Grant Chorley