Rainer Riehn

Rainer Riehn (1941-2015) was a German musicologist, conductor and composer of avant-garde music. He is best known for being the long-time partner and collaborator of Heinz-Klaus Metzger with whom he published the journal Musik-Konzepte between 1977 and 2003, devoted to the musical avant-garde of all eras. Together, they also founded the Ensemble Musica Negativa in 1969, committed to radical music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Dieter Schnebel, a.o., for which Riehn served as the conductor and organiser. Nevertheless, his own small but impressive compositional œuvre of chamber and electronic music remained mostly unpublished.
Rainer Riehn - Chants de Maldoror - Electronic Music from the Institute of Sonology, Utrecht, 1965-71 (2 vinyl LP)
bilingual edition (English / German)
Edition Telemark
(last copies available!)
Recordings from Riehn's student years, including two versions of the composer's electronic translation of Lautreamont's masterpiece.

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