Rolf Riehm in Context

Monday Evening Concerts, Culver City, California, USA

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation supports the Monday Evening Concert on April 29, 2013, featuring the United States premiere of Rolf Riehms’s startling 2010 composition “Lenz in Moskau”. Written for trombone, trumpet,
guitar, cello, piano and two percussionists, the work also has a significant spoken narrative played over loudspeakers. The text presents fragments from an interview with stage director Frank Castorf on the life of German Sturm und Drang poet Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Lenz, who maintained a revolutionary outlook, died in the streets of Moscow in poverty and mental disorder. Originally recorded in German, Monday Evening Concerts has commissioned a new translation and recording of the text in English by famed music critic and poet Paul Griffiths. 
Riehm has also composed a companion piece to “Lenz in Moskau”, a new work on a text describing the mysterious death of Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. "Pasolini in Ostia" for piano, cello, percussion and soprano will receive its world premiere on the April 29 concert.
Riehm's music will be juxtaposed with piano music by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Leos Janacek performed by world renowned pianist Alexander Lonquich.

April 28, 2013
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, California, USA

April 29, 2013
Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA

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