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Wolfgang Rihm: Dämmerung

  • Aufzeichnung (1985)
  • for large orchestra
  • 5 3 5 3 - 4 4 4 1 - perc(6), str(16 14 12 10 7)
  • Duration: 5’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st piccolo
    2nd piccolo
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    3rd oboe
    clarinet in Eb
    1st clarinet in A
    2nd clarinet in A
    3rd clarinet in A
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet
    2nd trumpet
    3rd trumpet
    4th trumpet
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    bass tuba
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    5th percussion
    6th percussion
    violin I
    violin II
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm

Work introduction

This mysterious piece could serve as the introduction to the second half of a concert; the large orchestra well precedes similar compositions of longer duration. The five minutes of Dämmerung are fully charged with music and theatrical events; restless moods succeed one another in a depiction of forceful drama (or dramatic force) typical of Rihm, alternating with tender sensitivity.

Translation: Grant Chorley


World première

Venedig (IT)
Hans Zender

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