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Wolfgang Rihm: Gesungene Zeit

  • Music (1991-1992)
  • for violin and orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 1 2 1 0 - perc(2), hp, vln(2), vla(4), vc(4), cb(2)
  • Duration: 25’
  • Soloists:
    violin
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    clarinet in A
    bass clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    contrabassoon
    horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    trombone
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    harp
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    1st viola
    2nd viola
    3rd viola
    4th viola
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    3rd violoncello
    4th violoncello
    1st contrabass
    2nd contrabass
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Dedication: Anne-Sophie Mutter gewidmet

Work introduction

 

At the very moment when I was in conversation with Paul Sacher, and he was encouraging me - actually commissioning me - to write for Anne-Sophie Mutter, I remembered in a flash high notes that I had heard her play with uncommon energy and animation. I had never encountered in her playing that attenuation and impoverishment in SLOW playing in the highest regions that is typical of some virtuosos: on the contrary, precisely in remoteness her playing is richest and most alive. Especially then, when I want to give form to what is most remote, I want its representation to be the act of a living being. From that I began to spin. The thread? Until it was all spun?

The orchestra is small, and plays the role of doppelganger. The violin speaks its nerve – line out into the resounding space – inscribes it there. In essence, this is monophonic music. And it is always song, even where beat and pulse shorten the breath and press it hard.

The line, is it a whole? It is all only a part, a segment, a fragment; it is delivered up to our observation without beginning and without ending - and as we listen we draft the outline of a whole that isn't there. But it must be there....

Wolfgang Rihm

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Zürich (CH)
Date:
13.06.1992
Orchestra:
Collegium Musicum
Conductor:
Paul Sacher
Main soloists:
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vl

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