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Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre V

  • for orchestra
  • 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vln, vla, vc(2), cb
  • Duration: 8’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute (+picc)
    oboe (+c.a)
    clarinet (+bass cl)
    bassoon (+cbsn)
    horn
    trumpet (+bass tpt)
    trombone
    percussion(2) (+bells)
    piano
    violin(2)
    viola
    violoncello(2)
    contrabass
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm

Work introduction

“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.”

(Wolfgang Rihm)

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

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Paris (FR)
Date:
03.12.1984
Orchestra:
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Conductor:
Gary Bertini

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