Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VII

  • for orchestra
  • 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, bass tpt, vln(2), vla, vc(2), cb
  • Duration: 10’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute (+picc)
    oboe (+c.a)
    clarinet in in A
    bassoon (+cbsn)
    horn in F
    trumpet in C (+bass tpt)
    bass trumpet
    trombone
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    piano
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    viola
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm

Work introduction

Rihm takes his time in his piece; peace predominates, the music is transparent, airy. One could call it a fantasia or a meditation – yet the composer’s own view is different, expressed in a commentary from 1988: “Clearer signs or signals solved, dissolved or resolved, less concealed, the melodics perspectival – suddenly, amidst a ritual scene, unresolved, whether happily or threateningly. Theatre, bleak and frosty, yet darkly splendid – cold threads (seeds?), no conclusion, open-ended – by no means a finality.”

Translation: Grant Chorley

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Date:
15.09.1985
Orchestra:
Ensemble 13
Conductor:
Manfred Reichert

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