The descriptive titles of his works, which often refer to cities or other locations, do not immediately reveal that Richard Rijnvos (NL, 1964) is first and foremost a radical composer. Someone who generates tones from non-musical, numerical sources such as magic squares and chessboards — and who loves to endlessly stack melodic lines on top of each other. This rigorous, dispassionate approach produces sensual works that bear a unique signature that is not specifically Dutch.
On 27 May 2023 ASKO|Schönberg will present the world première of Richard Rijnvos' Riflesso sulla scala:
Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, 17h00.
Riflesso sulla scala (‘reflection on the staircase/scale‘) is part of the Riflessi series, which consists exclusively
of companion pieces: each Riflesso explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century.
Riflesso sulla scala is a companion piece to Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe (1915) by Claude Debussy.
It makes use of the same three instruments: flute, viola and harp.
Riflesso sulla scala was written for Ernestine Stoop as a retirement gift for her dedicated efforts as long-term harpist of ASKO|Schönberg.