Riehm, Rolf

STAGE WORKS

Sirenen • Bilder des Begehrens und des Vernichtens [2010-2013]
Music theatre in eight pictures (in three parts)
Text: Rolf Riehm
4 (2 Picc). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 3 Cl (BCl). 1 DB.Cl. 3 Bn (CBn). CBn. / 4. 4. 3. DB.Tbn. 0. / 4 Perc. Pno. Acc. Key. / 8. 8. 6. 6. 4.
World Premiere: Frankfurt am Main, 14.09.2014
Duration: 95‘
Sy. 4104 // Score / Vx.

Das Schweigen der Sirenen • [1994]
Music theatre
Text: Franz Kafka (Das Schweigen der Sirenen)
4 S. Ms. Sp (Greek). Sp (Japanese).
4 (4 Picc. 2AFl. BFl). 4 (4 Eng.Hn. Heck). 2. BCl. DB.Cl (BCl). Asax. Bsax. 4 (2 CBn). / 4. 6. 4. 1. / Timp. 3 Perc. Acc. E-Org. Key (Sam). / 10. 10. 8. 6. 4.
World Premiere: 9.10.1994, Stuttgart
Duration: 90’
Sy. 3217 // Score / Vx. / carr.



ORCHESTRA WORKS

Wer sind diese Kinder • [2008/09]
for piano, large orchestra in three groups and electronic playbacks
Pno.
4 (4 Picc). 2 (2 Eng.Hn). 2 Eng.Hn. 3. BCl. DB.Cl. 2. 2 CBn (2 Bn). / 4. 6. 3. DB.Tbn. 1. / Key. Acc. 4 Perc (2 Timp). / 14. 12. 10. 8. 6. / elec. playback (PA-system, each 2 speakers in the middle-group and in the right side-group)  
World Premiere: 18.10.2009, Donaueschingen
Duration: 30’
Sy. 3931 // Score / Vx. / carr. / *Stud.-P.

Au bord d’une source • [2007]
For tenor flute, orchestra and CD-playback
BlFl.
on stage: 3 (2 Picc). 3 (Eng.Hn). 2. BCl. 3 (CBn). / 0. 3. 3. 0. / 8. 8. 6. 6. 4. /
room distribution: Cl. Tr. DB.Tbn. DBtb. / CD-playback
World Premiere: 28.9.2007, Stuttgart
Duration: 24’
Sy. 3694 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

„Ihr, meine und eines ruchlosen Vaters Kinder” • [2006]
for soprano, speaker (via playback) and orchestra
Text from: Elfriede Jelinek: Der Tod und das Mädchen 5
S.
4 (2 Picc). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 4 (2 BCl). 4 (CBn). / 0. 4. 3. DB.Tbn. 0. / 0. 0. 0. 6. 4. / tape.
World Premiere: 27.10.2006, Kassel
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3725 // Score / Vx. / *Stud.-P.

Fremdling, rede. Ballade Furor Odysseus
• [2003]
for mezzo-soprano, speaker and large orchestra
Texte from the Odyssee
Ms. Spr.
4 (2 Picc). 4 (4 Eng.Hn). 4 (2 BCl. 1DB.Cl). 1 Tsax (Ssax). 4 (2 CBn.) / 4. 4. 4. (1 DB.Tbn). 0. / Timp. 3 Perc. Pno. / 10. 10. 8. 8. 6 (5-saitig).
World Premiere: 5.12.2003, Frankfurt/Main
Duration: 65’
Sy. 3585 // *Score / Vx.

Nuages immortels oder Focusing on Solos (Medea in Avignon) • [2001]
for orchestra
2 (1 Picc). 2 (2 Eng.Hn). 1. DB.Cl. 1. CBn. / 2. 2. 2 (1 DB.Tbn). 0. / Perc (Timp). / 6. 5. 4. 3. 2.
World Premiere: 5.12.2005, Bremen
Duration: 22’
Sy. 3434 // *Score / Vx.

Restoring the Death of Orpheus • [2001]
for accordion and large orchestra
Acc (el. amp.).
4 (2 Picc. 1 with H-Fuß). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 2. BCl. DB.Cl. 4 (2 CBn) / 4. 4. 4 (DB.Tbn). 0. / Timp. 5 Perc. / 12. 10. 8. 8. 6.
World Premiere: 22.6.2002, Munich
Duration: 32’
Sy. 3466 // *Score / Vx.

Archipel Remix • [1999]
for large orchestra
4 (2 Picc). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 2. BCl. DB.Cl. 2. 2 CBn (2 Bn). / 4. 4. 4. (DB.Tbn). 0. / Timp. 8 Perc. Key. / 16. 14. 12. 10. 8.
World Premiere: 28.1.2000, Cologne
Duration: 47’
Sy. 3468 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

Garten. Nacht und Mondschein • [1999]
for orchestra
2 (2 Picc). 2 (Eng.Hn). 2. BCl (DB.Cl). 2 (CBn). / 2. 2. 2. 0. / Hp. Hammondorg. / 8. 8. 6. 4. 4.
is performable together with „Leonce und und...” under the title „Die Erde ist eine Schale von dunkelm Gold (Zwei Bach-Paraphrasen)”
World Premiere: 1.10.2000, Hannover
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3538 // Score / Vx.

Die Tränen des Gletschers • [1997/98]
for orchestra with sampler
3 (2 Picc). 3 (2 Eng.Hn). 2 (BCl). BCl (DB.Cl). 2 (CBn). CBn. / 4. 4. 4. 0. / 3-4 Perc. Sam. / 16. 14. 12. 10. 8.
World Premiere: 18.10.1998, Donaueschingen
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3358 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

Shifting • [1994]
for violin and orchestra
Vl.
2. 2 Picc. 2. 2 Eng.Hn. 2. 2 BCl (DB.Cl). 2. 2 CBn. / 4. 4. 4. 0. / Timp. 5 Perc. / 10. 10. 8. 6. 4.
World Premiere: 4.3.1995, Cologne
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3242 // *Score / Vx.

Odysseus aber hörte ihr Schweigen nicht • [1993]
Orchestra work after a story by Franz Kafka
3 (Picc). 2. Eng.Hn. 2. BCl. 2. CBn. / 4. 3. 3. 0. / Timp. 4 Perc. / 10. 10. 8. 6. 4.
World Premiere: 26.9.1993, Saarbrücken
Duration: 12’
Sy. 3193 // *Score / Vx.

Les Chants de la Révolution sont des Chants de l’Amour • [1989/98]
for soprano, orchestra and electronic playback
Text: Hannah Arendt, newspaper reports, interviews u.a.
S.
1 (Picc). 1 (Eng.Hn). 1. BCl (Asax). 1 (CBn). / 1. 2. 2. 0. / Perc. Key (Sam). CD-Player / 6-8. 6. 4. 4. 2.
World Premiere: 11.6.1998, Bochum
Duration: 45’
Sy. 3071 // Score / Vx. / carr. / *Stud.-P.

Les Chants réécrits
• [1989/95]
for tenor saxophone, orchestra and electronic playback
Tsax.
1 (Picc). 1 (Eng.Hn). 1. BCl. 1 (CBn.) / 1. 2. 2. 0. / Perc. Key. / 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. / Tonb.
This work based on „Les Chants de la Revolution sont des Chants de l’Amour” (1989/98).
World Premiere: 5.10.1995, Berlin
Duration: 18’
Sy. 3313 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

Das Schweigen der Sirenen
• [1987]
for soprano, tenor and orchestra
Text: Franz Kafka (Das Schweigen der Sirenen)
S. T.
4 (4 Picc. Bfl). 4 (3 Eng.Hn. Heck). 3 (DB.Cl). BCl. 4 (2 CBn). / 4. 4. 4. 0. / Timp. 3 Perc. Pno. Key (Sam). / 16. 16. 14. 12. 8.
World Premiere: 9.2.1991, Frankfurt
Duration: 40’
Sy. 3097 // Score / Vx.

Berceuse • [1984/85]
for large orchestra
4 (2 Picc). 2. 2 Eng.Hn. 2. 2 BCl. 2. 2 CBn. / 6. 4. 4. 2. / Timp. 6 Perc. / 16. 16. 14. 12. 8.
World Premiere: 22.10.1989, Donaueschingen
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3074 // *Score / Vx.

O Daddy
• [1984]
for orchestra and tape
1. 2 Picc. 2. Eng.Hn. 2. DB.Cl. 2. CBn. / 3. 3. 3. 0. / 6 Perc (Timp). / 12. 12. 8. 8. 6. / Tape (4 K).
World Premiere: 21.10.1984, Donaueschingen
Duration: 17’
Sy. 3410 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

He, très doulz roussignol joly
• [1978]
After old french ballads and virelais
for orchestra
3 (2 Picc). 3 (2 Eng.Hnr). 3 (2 BCl). 3 (CBn). / 3. 3. 3. 1. / Hp. / 8. 8. 6. 6. 4.
World Premiere: 5.10.1979, Saarbrücken
Duration: 17’
Sy. 3786 // *Score / Vx.

Tänze aus Frankfurt
• [1980]
for orchestra in four groups
3 (3 Picc). 3 (2 Eng.Hn). 2 (BCl). 3 (2 CBn). Asax (Ssax). Tsax (Ssax). / 4. 4. 4. 1. / 4 Perc (4 Timp). 2 Pno. / 12. 12. 8. 8. 6.
World Premiere: 27.3.1981, Frankfurt
Duration: 35’
Sy. 3409 // *Score / Vx.

Die Erde ist eine Schale von dunkelm Gold • [1966/99]
Two bach-paraphrases for soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra
1. Garten. Nacht und Mondschein; 2. Leonce und und …
Text: from G. Büchner: Leonce und Lena
S. T. Bar.
„Die Erde ist eine Schale von dunkelm Gold” consists of the two independent compositions „Garten. Nacht und Mondschein” (1999) and „Leonce und und...” (1966). See titles.
World Premiere: 1.10.2000, Hannover
Duration: 30’
Sy. 3443 // Score / Vx.

Leonce und und... • [1966]
for soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra
Text: from Georg Büchner: Leonce und Lena
Lena (high S), Leonce (T), Valerio (Bar)
2 (2 Picc). 2 (Eng.Hn). 2 (BCl). 2. / 2. 2. 2. 0. / Hp. Hammondorg. / 8. 8. 6. 4. 2.
is performable with „Garten. Nacht und Mondschein” under the title „Die Erde ist eine Schale von dunkelm Gold (Zwei Bach-Paraphrasen)”
Venice
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3537 // Score / Vx. / *Stud.-P.



ENSEMBLE WORKS

Lenz in Moskau • [2010]
A melodrama in five sections
for seven instrumentalists and playback
Text: from an interview with Frank Castorf (engl. translation by Paul Griffiths)
Tr. Tbn. Git. Pno. 2 Perc. Vc. playback-CD
English playback version on request.
World Premiere: 10.4.2011, Cologne
Duration: 18’
Sy. 4031 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

Ein Liebeslied • [2009]
for eight instrumentalists
Picc. Ob. DB.Cl. Perc. Pno. Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 12.6.2010, Freiburg
Duration: 2’
Sy. 4155 // Score / Vx.

in der luft waren vögel, im wasser waren fische • [2005/2006]
for piano and eight instruments
Pno.
Tr. Tbn. Tsax. Acc. Pno. Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B.
World Premiere: 3.10.2008, Vienna
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3674 // *Score / Vx.

Der Faden ist gerissen • [2005]
for seven instrumentalists
Fl. Eng.Hn. Cl. Bn. Vl. Vc. Pno.
World Premiere: 19.5.2006, Freiburg
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3711 // Score / Vx.

aprikosenbäume gibt es, aprikosenbäume gibt es
• [2004]
after texts of „alfabet” by Inger Christensen and after the picture „Dans mes rêves je t’adore” by Bernhard Martin
for double bass clarinet solo, violin, trumpet, violoncello, trombone and electronic playback
Text: Inger Christensen (from: alfabet)
DB.Cl.
Vl. Tr. Vc. Tbn. elec. playb.
World Premiere: 6.5.2006, Witten
Duration: 23’
Sy. 3603 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

Die schrecklich-gewaltigen Kinder
• [2003]
for coloratura soprano and large ensemble
Text: after the theogonie by Hesiod in the version of Robert von Ranke-Graves
CS.
Fl (Picc). Ob (Eng.Hn). Cl (in B). BCl (Sopsax. Tensax. Tubax). Bn (CBn). / 2. 2. 2. 0. / 2 Perc. 2 Pno. / 2. 0. 1. 2. 1.
World Premiere: 15.10.2003, Frankfurt
Duration: 56’
Sy. 3577 // Score / *Stud.-P. / Vx.

HAWKING
• [1998]
For chamber ensemble with soloistic piano
Pno.
Picc. Eng.Hn (Ob). DB.Cl (BCl). Perc. Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 30.3.2000, Freiburg
Duration: 35’
Sy. 3437 // *Score

Schlaf, schlaf, John Donne, schlaf tief und quäl dich nicht
• [1996/97]
Using a sentence of Jossif Brodskij
for bass clarinet (BCl.), accordion, violin (all el. amp.), keyboard (sampler) and CD-player
BCl (DB.Cl). Acc. Vl (all elec. amp.). Key (Sam). CD-Player
World Premiere: 26.4.1997, Witten
Duration: 21’
Sy. 3357 // *Score / carr.

Sarca – il fiume Sarca
• [1995]
for ensemble
Fl (Picc, Bfl). Ob (Eng.Hn). Cl (BCl). Bn. Hr. Tr. Tbn. D.B (all with extra instruments)
World Premiere: 22.5.1995, Freiburg
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3261 // *Score / Vx.

Double Distant Counterpoint • (J.S. Bach, Kunst der Fuge, Contrapunctus XI)
• [1994]
for chamber orchestra and electronic playback
1 (Picc). 1 (Eng.Hn). 1. BCl. 1 (CBn). / 1. 2. 2. 0. / 2 Perc. Key. / 5. 0. 1. 1. 1.
World Premiere: 30.8.1994, Frankfurt / M.
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3213 // *Score / Vx. / carr.

Uncertain melody • [1989]
(after Cole Porter)
for chamber ensemble
Cl. 2 Vl. Vla. Vc. Kb. Harm. Pno.
World Premiere: 4.6.1989, Aachen
Duration: 6’
Sy. 3411 // Score / Vx.



CHAMBER MUSIC

Pasolini in Ostia • [2012]
for soprano, piano, percussion, violoncello and text projections
S. Pno. Vc. Perc.
World Premiere: 29.3.2013, Los Angeles
Duration: 25'
Sy. 4276 // *Score

Entraccord
• [2010]
for two pianos
2 Pno.
World Premiere: 17.7.2010, Stuttgart
Duration: 99’
Sy. 4156 // Score

No Velvet Mute For Lullabies
• [2005]
for four trombones
4 Tbn.
World Premiere: 8.11.2005, Freiburg
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3704 // *Score

Adieu, Marie, mon amour. Drei Liebeslieder in den Tod after piano pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach • [2002/2004]
for viola and accordion
1. after the courante of the Partita c-moll for piano BWV 826; 2. after Präludium c-moll, Wohltemperiertes piano, Part II, BWV 871; 3. after Präludium c-moll, Wohltemperiertes piano, Part I, BWV 847
Vla. Acc.
World Premiere: 30.5.2004, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3583 // *Score

Short Message Piece
• [2001]
for flute and tenor flute
Fl. Tblfl.
World Premiere: 12.10.2003, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3584 // *Score

FIORETTI Within My Bosom
• [2000]
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
Cl. Vc. Pno.
World Premiere: 3.3.2001, Cologne
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3516 // *Score

Without Compression • [1996]
for three electric amplified flutes
3 Blfl (el. amp.).
World Premiere: 12.7.1997, Bad Münster a.St.
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3413 // *Score

Au bord du jour
• [1996]
for two guitar
2 Guit.
World Premiere: 23.11.1996, Bremen
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3414 // *Score

Gracieusement • [1990]
Four pieces after J. S. Bach, Rameau, Chopin and Monteverdi for viola, violoncello and double bass
Vla. Vc. Kb.
World Premiere: 3.6.1990, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 12’
Sy. 3412 // *Score

„Ich denk viel” / Mr. President / Pizz / 13
• [1987]
for viola, violoncello and double bass
Vla. Vc. D.B.
World Premiere: 26.4.1987, Witten
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3098 // Score / *Stud.-P.

Tempo strozzato • [1978]
for string quartet
2 Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 24.4.1983, Witten
Duration: 21’
Sy. 3130 // *Score / *Vx.

Ein Sommerabend am Lindleinsee • [1976]
for violin, violoncello, piano and CD-playback
Vl. Vc. Pno. Tape.
World Premiere: Frankfurt am Main
Duration: 16’
Sy. 3817 // *Score / *carr.



VOCAL MUSIC

Fünf Lieder for „Escalier du chant” von Olaf Nicolai • [2011]
For one to three vocal soloists
1.& 2. Zwei Frauen (3 S.); 3. Szene U5 (Ms. T. Bar.); 4. Heulende Wölfe (Bar. B.); 5. Es war (S)
Text: newspaper cuttings (1 & 2); Rolf Riehm (3); Frankfurter Rundschau from 1.4.2011, SPIEGEL ONLINE from 22.3.2011 (4); Joseph von Eichendorff (5)
3 S. Ms. Bar. T. B.
World Premiere: Munich
Duration: 17’
Sy. 4221 // Score

Heulende Wölfe • [2011]
Fourth song for „Escalier du Chant”
for baritone and bass
Text: Frankfurter Rundschau from 1.4.2011, SPIEGEL ONLINE from 22.3.2011
Bar. B.
World Premiere: 29.5.2011, Munich
Duration: 6’
Sy. 4193 // Score

Szene U5
• [2011]
Third song for „Escalier du Chant”
for one female voice (mezzo-soprano) and two male voices (tenor, baritone)
Text: Rolf Riehm
Ms. T. Bar.
World Premiere: 17.4.2011, Munich
Duration: 4-5’
Sy. 4187 // Score

Es war • [2011]
Fifth song for „Escalier du Chant”
for high female voice
Text: Joseph von Eichendorff
S.
World Premiere: Munich
Duration: 2’
Sy. 4220 // Score

Zwei Frauen • [2010]
Song No. 1 and No. 2 for „Escalier du chant”
for three female voices
Text: newspaper cuttings
3 S.
World Premiere: 30.1.2011, Munich
Duration: 4’
Sy. 4154 // Score

Der Asra • [1997]
for speaking voice and piano
Text: Heinrich Heine
Spr. Pno., Duration: 3’
Sy. 3415 // Score

Ahi bocca, ahi lingua • [1994]
for counter tenor, zwei tenors and baritone
Text: Rainald Goetz
Ct. 2 T. Bar.
World Premiere: 22.4.1994, Witten
Duration: 16’
Sy. 3042 // *Score

Zu euch vielleicht, ihr Inseln... • [1992]
for speaker and piano
Text: Friedrich Hölderlin
Spr. Pno.
World Premiere: 14.10.1997, Tübingen
Duration: 3’
Sy. 3180 // *Score



SOLO WORKS

Im Nachtigallental • [2007]
for violoncello solo
Vc.
World Premiere: 18.7.2009, Stuttgart
Duration: 13’
Sy. 3783 // *Score

Ton für Ton (Weiße Straßen Babylons)
• [2007]
For double bass clarinet solo
DB.Cl.
World Premiere: 3.5.2008, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 16’
Sy. 3784 // *Score

Ach, Königin
• [2005]
for violoncello
Vc.
World Premiere: 10.12.2005, Mannheim
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3689 // *Score

Hamamuth – Stadt der Engel • [2005]
for piano
Pno.
World Premiere: 9.8.2006, Darmstadt
Duration: 27’
Sy. 3673 // *Score

Auskopplung aprikosenbäume • [2004/2007]
for double bass clarinet
DB.Cl.
World Premiere: 29.9.2007, Frankfurt am Main
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3812 // *Score

Schläge, Terzen und Oktaven • [2004]
for piano
Pno.
World Premiere: 20.5.2004, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 8’
Sy. 3613 // *Score

Push Pull • [1995]
for accordion
Acc.
World Premiere: 5.7.1997, Viitasaari
Duration: 10’
Sy. 3360 // *Score

Weeds in Ophelia’s Hair. Ballad of a decaying memory
• [1991]
for alto flute
Ablfl.
World Premiere: 29.5.1992, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 10’
Sy. 3169 // *Score

Scheherazade • [1990]
for accordion
Acc.
World Premiere: 26.4.1991, Witten
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3112 // *Score

Toccata Orpheus • [1990]
for guitar
Guit.
World Premiere: 26.4.1991, Witten
Duration: 10’
Sy. 3333 // *Score

Schubert Teilelager
• [1989]
After piano accompaniment of „Der blinde Knabe” (D 833)
6. 6. 5. 4. 2.
World Premiere: 9.6.1989, Aachen
Duration: 10’
Sy. 3004 // *Score / Vx.

Don’t cry, mummy isn’t here anyway. Memories of a temptingly morbid summer
• [1982]
for viola
Vla.
World Premiere: 5.6.1986, Insel Hombroich
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3099 // *Score    

Notturno für die trauerlos Sterbenden • [1977]
for guitar
Guit.
World Premiere: 22.2.1978, Frankfurt
Duration: 5’
Sy. 3262 // *Score

Ungebräuchliches • [1964]
for oboe solo
Ob.
Playing time: mind. 15’
Duration: 99’
MOD
1502 // Score



ELECTRONIC WORKS

Ihr Blüten von Deutschland • [1988]  
Electro acoutic music (on CD)
CD
World Premiere: Cologne
Duration: 4’
Sy. 4072 // carr.

*15 Jun 1937 Saarbrücken / Germany

Rolf Riehm was born in 1937 in Saarbrücken. Initially he studied music education in Frankfurt, and from 1958 composition with Wolfgang Fortner in Freiburg. Subsequently active as a solo oboist (e.g. with Ungebräuchliches at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses in 1966).

Riehm is a co-founder of the Frankfurt Music Society, which existed from 1964 to 1970. After teaching briefly in schools, from 1968 he taught at the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne, where he was also a member of “Gruppe 8”, a Cologne composers’ collective, till 1972. In 1968 he was awarded the “Premio Marzotto per la Musica” and a Villa Massimo scholarship that enabled him to spend some time in Rome.

From 1974 to 2000 Rolf Riehm was Professor of Composition und Harmony at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule. From 1976 to 1981 he was a member of the legendary “So-Called Radical Leftist Wind Orchestra”in Frankfurt. Concert tours, lectures and workshops took him to Sweden, mid- and South America, Japan and elsewhere. In 1992 he received the Saarland Art Prize, and 2002 the town of Hanau’s Hindemith Prize.

In spring 2010 Rolf Riehm was elected as a member of the Berliner Akademie der Künste. At the moment he composes a new opera (world premiere in Frankfurt, 14 September 2014).
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Website: www.rolf-riehm.de

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