Wolfgang Rihm, a Chiffre

The 1980s and Beyond

Yves Knockaert (Author), Yves Knockaert (Author),

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Language: English

ISBN: 9789462701236

Publication date: November 21, 2017

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DOI: 10.11116/9789461662378

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The elusive and ungraspable in Rihm’s music
Wolfgang Rihm ( b. Karlsruhe, 1952) is the most performed living German composer. With his personal, expressive, and versatile music, he became the most prominent representative of his generation. His individual approach to music was established in the 1980s and he continues to explore and enlarge his original concepts today. His 1980s work is at the core of this book, more specifically his instrumental music: the Chiffre cycle and the string quartets. Thinking about Rihm includes reflecting on his interest in philosophy, his relation to fine arts, his awareness of principles found in nature, and his references to important composers from the past. His music is embedded in the past and the actuality in modernism and postmodernism. Notwithstanding Rihm’s generosity in essays and introductions to his works, many aspects of the ‘inner sound’ of his music stay an elusive, ungraspable ‘chiffre’: a challenge for the analyst.

With Foreword by Richard McGregor (Professor Emeritus, University of Cumbria)

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Foreword by Richard McGregorIntroduction Analysed Compositions
Part I – Style 1 Between Classical and Individual Individual Position Specific Terminology and Tools Generative Pole and Generated Elements Generative Pole versus Rewriting and Overwriting Fragmentation Disturbance Single Event Focal Pitch and Focal Pitch Aggregate Process and Planning Form Relationship between Form and Structure Conclusion of the Composition
2 Between Modernism and Postmodernism Position towards Postmodernism Position towards Modernism Musical Backgrounds in Modernism and Nineteenth Century Philosophical Influences in Postmodernism Philosophical Influences in Modernism
3 Musical Traces Dealing with Allusion and Quotation Verbal Allusions in the Chiffre Cycle Allusion to a Style: Baroque Allusion to a Composer: Varèse Allusion to a Composition: Schubert’s Octet
4 Fine Arts The Music of Painting Fine Arts Parallels: Different Viewpoints Fine Arts Parallels: Rihm’s Viewpoints Line Drawing Colour Layering and Overpainting Large Drawing Kurt Kocherscheidt The Sound of Wood
5 Repetition Create a State by (non-)Repetition Repetition as Questioning Repetition as Writer’s Block Repetition as Unique Event Repetition versus Generating Elements Repetition in the Context of Style
6 Nature and Proportions Rhizome Proportions in Nature Symmetry and Balance Proportions in Music
7 Studying Proportions Dis-Kontur, Sub-Kontur and Klavierstück Nr. 4 Schwebende Begegnung String Quartet no. 4 Proportion Typology
Part II – Analysis 8 Integrated Approach Sound as a Whole Some Examples Integrated Analytical Tool Moment Analysis of the Chiffre Cycle
9 Parameter Characteristics Melody Melodic Compositions Melodic Element Harmony Metatonality Micro-interval Dissonance The Tritone-Triad Chord Chain Cluster Informal Harmony and Texture Tempo – Metre – Rhythm Dynamics – Articulation – Timbre Youth Experience Timbre and Resonance Resonance and Fine Arts Silence Texture
10 String Quartet in the 1980s: String Quartets nos. 5-8 Aesthetic viewpoints Group Formation versus Individual Quartets Common First Note f# The Importance of Pitch f# Transitions in String Quartet No. 5 Transitions in String Quartet No. 6 Transitions in String Quartet No. 7 Transitions in String Quartet No. 8 Closing Pitch Two Pairs of String Quartets Notebook Quartets: Hidden Structure String Quartet no. 7: Arch Form String Quartet no. 8: Structure based on Fibonacci Series
11 Group Formation: Chiffre Cycle The Meaning of “Chiffre” Chiffre: a Cycle
12 Chiffre Cycle: Harmony The Tritone-Triad Chromatic Cluster Harmonic Rhythm and Chordal Density Consonance versus Dissonance Focal Pitch
13 Chiffre Cycle: Resonance Chiffre I: Resonance Space versus Sound Space Chiffre IV: Resonance Research Chiffre VIII: Meta-resonance Sound Space
14 Chiffre Cycle: Cyclic Elements Cyclic Elements: Typology Repeated Passage Overwritten Passage Repeated Single Instrumental Part Cyclic Elements: Similar Event Returning Concept Cyclic Elements: Three Figures Figure 1: Generated Elements Figure 2: Generated Elements Figure 3: Generative Poles and Generated Elements
15 Chiffre Cycle: Symmetry Melodic Symmetry Rhythmic Symmetry Time Signature Symmetry Harmonic Symmetry Total Symmetry Symmetrical Placing
16 Chiffre Cycle: Proportions Tempo Indications Tempo Changes Time Signature Proportions in the Chiffre Cycle Proportions in Chiffre I Proportions in Chiffre II Proportions in Chiffre III Proportions in Chiffre IV Proportions in Bild Proportions in Chiffre V Proportions in Chiffre VI Proportions in Chiffre VII Proportions in Chiffre VIII Proportions in Nach-Schrift Proportions of Length in the Chiffre Pieces Comparison: Chiffre II, V and VI Comparison: Chiffre II and VII Conclusions
Final Conclusions Appendix – Division in Sections Notes Selected Bibliography General Index Index of Compositions by Wolfgang Rihm

Yves Knockaert

Yves Knockaert is professor of history of music, philosophy of music, and contemporary music and researcher at LUCA School of Arts, Campus Lemmens (Leuven).

Yves Knockaert

Yves Knockaert is professor of history of music, philosophy of music, and contemporary music and researcher at LUCA School of Arts, Campus Lemmens (Leuven).

'ook voor minder geschoolde lezers heeft het vele boeiende aspecten [...] Rihmologen zullen er vast dankbaar gebruik van maken'
OpusKlassiek, Emanuel Overbeeke , januari 2018

OpusKlassiek.nl

'ook voor minder geschoolde lezers heeft het vele boeiende aspecten [...] Rihmologen zullen er vast dankbaar gebruik van maken'
OpusKlassiek, Emanuel Overbeeke , januari 2018

OpusKlassiek.nl

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