Musikfest Berlin

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Daniel Harding

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Daniel Harding will open Musikfest Berlin with a bang. Tutuguri, a poème dansé by young Wolfgang Rihm, is unique in the composer’s oeuvre. Nowhere else did he unleash such unrestrained elementary forces, nowhere else do rhythm and percussion become such a focal point and goal of the music as in this score.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Daniel Harding Conductor

Graham Forbes Valentine Speaker

6 Percussionists of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk

Eröffnungskonzert

Wolfgang Rihm

Tutuguri, Poème dansé for large orchestra, percussion, choir from tape and speaker

Eine Veranstaltung der Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin

Dates and Tickets

Sat, 03 Sep 2016, 19:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 18:00

Live in the Digital Concert Hall go to broadcast

Programme

The Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Daniel Harding will open the Musikfest Berlin with a bang. Tutuguri, a young Wolfgang Rihm’s poème dansé, is unique in the composer’s oeuvre. Nowhere else did he unleash such unrestrained elementary forces, nowhere else does the rhythm, the percussion become such a focal point and goal of the music as in this score, with the percussionists executing the final part simply with a choir played through loudspeakers. Their equipment dominates the stage, and in addition four tam-tams are set up around the auditorium. They act as a centre and a driving force in a ritual music. The foundation for this is Antonin Artaud’s audio play on the rite of the black sun which the Tarahumara people in Mexico celebrate on an annual basis, a ritual that transmits its participants into other states of consciousness. For Artaud, the text was not only to take effect through the spoken word but through all fibres of the action: “Everything must be brought precisely into raging order.” And so in Rihm’s music the text must in different ways “be equally present in each passage, in each note. When composing I attached the music to the text, the text brought forth this music – a ritual image of diverging energies.”

Musikfest Berlin 2016

Highlights of the programme

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