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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wolfgang Rihm: Nachstudie

Pianist Siegfried Mauser is the one who plays Nachstudie in the three consecutive videos bellow. Actually, the composer (Wolfgang Rihm) dedicated this work (finished in 1994) exactly to Siegfried Mauser.

How does it sound to you? The author of the videos (Tractatus 6.54) warns us: Wolfgang Rihm's Nachstudie for solo piano, his largest work for piano, as well as his most challenging in nearly all regards.

Nachstudie: nach means after (so After Study) - an improvisation following presumably another of Mr. Rihm's compositions, just to try piano's sonority - or an imitation of one of his previous works; nach could also mean against - so a new version of a previous work, putting its logic, its structure, upside down.

Well, there is a nice description of Nachstudie. You'll find it at http://www.allmusic.com/work/nachstudie-for-piano-c423947. No guts, no glory!




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