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Wolfgang Rihm: IN-SCHRIFT

  • for orchestra
  • 3 0 3 1 - 4 3 6 1 - timp, perc(5), hp, vc(7), cb(7)
  • Duration: 20’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    1st clarinet in A
    2nd clarinet in A
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    1st contrabass trombone
    2nd contrabass trombone
    contrabass tuba
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    5th percussion
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    3rd violoncello
    4th violoncello
    5th violoncello
    6th violoncello
    7th violoncello
    1st contrabass
    2nd contrabass
    3rd contrabass
    4th contrabass
    5th contrabass
    6th contrabass
    7th contrabass
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm

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All spatiality should be circumscribed in the music. I attempted to outwit the resonance with a consistent harmonic system; the voices move for the most part within a firmly contoured framework of chords, so that even rapid music is possible without blurring.

The basic idea is succinct: an Inschrift [“inscription” or “epigraph” – trans.]. This occurs in writing [in Schrift], both musical and writing notational characters, written into the line like adages. The orchestration is darkened, thereby attaining focus.

Wolfgang Rihm


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World première

Venedig (IT)
Württembergisches Staatsorchester
Gabriele Ferro

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