Wolfgang Rihm: ET LUX

  • for vocal quartet and string quartet
  • Duration: 60’
  • Soloists:
    countertenor
    1st tenor
    2nd tenor
    bass
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    viola
    violoncello
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Dedication: geschrieben für das Hilliard-Ensemble und das Arditti-Quartett
  • Commission: Ein Auftragswerk von KölnMusik, Festival d’Automne Paris und Carnegie Hall, New York Commande de KölnMusik, du Festival d’automne, et de Carnegie Hall, New York Commissioned by KölnMusik, Festival d’Automne Paris, and Carnegie Hall, New York

Work introduction

In this work text fragments from the Roman requiem liturgy can be heard; however not 'intact' and not in the correct liturgical order. They appear more as components reminiscent of a progressively realised whole.

Great significance is displayed by the reappearance of specific groups of words – for example, in the middle of the work: "… et lux perpetua luceat …". Through circling reflection the comforting yet deeply disturbing meaning of these words might just become perceptible.

Wolfgang Rihm

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World première

Location:
Philharmonie, Köln (DE)
Date:
15.11.2009
Orchestra:
Arditti String Quartet

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