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Wolfgang Rihm: DIES

  • Oratorio (1984)
  • for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, 2 speakers, children's choir, speaking choir, mixed choir, organ and orchestra
  • 4 4 4 4 - 8 9 7 2 - timp(2), perc(8), org, str(considerably sized) - in the distance: tpt(3), tbn(3)
  • Duration: 35’
  • Soloists:
    soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, 2 speakers
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute (+picc)
    2nd flute (+picc)
    3rd flute (+picc)
    4th flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    3rd oboe (+c.a)
    4th oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb
    4th clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
    4th bassoon (+cbsn)
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    5th horn in F
    6th horn in F
    7th horn in F
    8th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    4th trumpet in C
    5th trumpet in C (+high trumpet)
    6th trumpet in C (+high trumpet)
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    1st contrabass tuba
    2nd contrabass tuba
    percussion (8 players: 4 in the orchestra, 4 in the auditory)
    violin I
    violin II
    in the distance: trumpet(3)
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Text author: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Dedication: Luigi Nono gewidmet
  • Commission: Kompositionsauftrag des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Wien (AT)
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Lothar Zagrosek
Main soloists:
Agnes Habereder, S; Klára Takács, A; Robert Gambill, T; Roland Hermann, Bar; John Brandstetter, Bar; Alexander Goebel und Jost Meyer, Sprecher; Wiener Sängerknaben

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