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Wolfgang Rihm: Nähe fern 2

  • for orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, str
  • Duration: 14’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    1st clarinet in A
    2nd clarinet in A
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    tuba
    timpani
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Commission: Auftragswerk von Luzerner Sinfonieorchester und LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Work introduction

Played before Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 or as the second movement of the Nähe fern-Symphony, this piece at first sounds familiar, although it contains no quotations. It is late Romantic music; thus there is no stylistic disruption if the Brahms is played afterward.

The sound of Nähe fern 2 is lighter than the first piece in the cycle; the mood is often bucolic and gentle. The wealth of melodies is a particular characteristic; they occur in almost every voice, either stepping forward from instrumental groups (e.g. a violin, an oboe and a horn) or played by several groups together (e.g. the woodwinds), while the strings add an especially warm, highly emotional sound.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
KKL, Luzern (CH)
Date:
19.10.2011
Orchestra:
Luzerner SO
Conductor:
James Gaffigan

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