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SYMPHONY Nr.5 “Psychograms” Op. 88(For large Symphonic Wind Orchestra) by ROLF RUDIN(Germany,1961)

[#38] April 13, 2020

2014 | Wind Orchestra | Grade 5 | 15’- 20’ | Symphony

Rolf Rudin
Photo Credit: Andrea Pauly

Rolf Rudin’s 5th Symphony “Psychograms” Op.88 is our Composition of the Week.

Written in 2014, Rudin’s work was commissioned by the Mannheimer Bläserphilharmonie (Mannheim Philharmonic Wind Orchestra) with support of the University Clinic in Mannheim/Germany. The premiere took place on March 8, 2015 at the Rosengarten Concert Hall in Mannheim.

Symphony Nr 5 “Psychograms” has a duration of 16 minutes and it is cast in four movements:

I Wind in the Head (Wind im Kopf)

II Freaky Butterfly (Irrer Falter)

III Burning Tears (Heiße Tränen)

IV Dancing Moon (Tanzender Mond)

Rudin tell us more about it:

The work was intended for the dark timbre of sound of the Mannheim Philharmonic Wind Orchestra. It leads in four movements to the deepness of the human psyche. Thoughts are fluttering and severe or weightless states of consciousness are changing – music about the colors of the soul... a work that gets under one’s skin ...

The Mannheimer Morgen’s concert review published:

„... especially the loud and powerful music of disaster in movement 3, which leads to a large melodic arc in the trombones, and the rhythmically delicate final movement, which is very challenging for the five amazing percussion players, enraptured the audience to hurricanes of applause ... “

Rolf Rudin (1961 Frankfurt, Germany) studied music education, composition, orchestral conducting and music theory at the Universities of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and Würzburg, Germany. After graduating in composition (1991) and conducting (1992) he lectured theory of music at his Alma Mater in Frankfurt from 1993 - 2001. Since then, he has been living as a freelance composer near Frankfurt and is self-publishing his own works. Apart from his already extensive productions for nearly all genres of music Rolf Rudin has, since 1989, also concentrated on compositions for symphonic wind orchestra. Many of his compositions for chamber music, choir and orchestra received awards at German and international composition contests and are to be found on concert programs around the world.

He held a scholarship of the "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" and also received a study scholarship for a six-month stay at the “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris from the Bavarian Ministry of Cultural Affairs. 2010 he received a Cultural Award for outstanding cultural and artistic performance.

From 1999 to 2005 Rolf Rudin was a member of the International WASBE Board of Directors and in 2012 he was elected as president of the German section of WASBE. Remarkably are his World Premieres at 4 international WASBE Conferences 1997 in Schladming (“Submerged City”), 1999 in San Luis Obispo (“About the End of Time”), 2001 in Lucerne (“…to Infinity…”) and 2015 in San José (“World-Why-Die II?”).


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