Wolfgang Rihm: Chiffre VIII

  • for 8 players
  • bass cl, cbsn, hn, tbn, pno, vc(2), cb(1)
  • Duration: 4’
  • Instrumentation details:
    bass clarinet
    contrabassoon
    horn
    trombone
    piano
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm

Work introduction

This short, pensive piece seems to be conjuring up reminiscences of other works in the cycle. The music is slow and quiet, with long silences. Yet a sound is played sforzato again and again; a short repetition issues from the piano. Many of the pitches seem newly born from other, previous ones from another instrument, while others fade away during the piece, a coda or epilogue composed six years after the first Chiffre.

Translation: Grant Chorley

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Witten (DE)
Date:
23.04.1988
Orchestra:
Ensemble 13
Conductor:
Manfred Reichert

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