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Mon May 18, 2015 12:38 pm
Stockhausen Performances as Events reply

At the end of June 2016 there will be some performances of DONNERSTAG in Basle/Switzerland. Great and special news, because the performance of a complete opera from the LICHT-cycle is extremely seldom. As far as I know the last performance on stage has been MITTWOCH in Birmingham, 3 years ago. So good news. It is therefore understandible, that the Basle theatre offers that as an event: We read in the announcement of the next season, that the performance will start in the afternoon (16h), in one of the breaks a dinner is included, and the work will end outside of the opera house (as it should be with DONNERSTAG-ABSCHIED) at the time of sunset, which will be in June rather late. Something extraordinary. Events are in and will attract people. But here is a "but": I think the main task in our time would be to integrate LICHT into the normal repertoire of opera music. Sure, it is something special, especially when we think of MITTWOCH (the helicopters) and SONNTAG that needs 2 stages and lasts very long. But DONNERSTAG is not so terribly demanding. The three acts are not much more than 3 hours - Parsifal, other Wagner operas and a lot of baroque-operas need more time. So it would be important to show: Even an ordinary opera house can do it. In a way the Lachenmann-opera is more demanding, and there were really some productions of that work in the last years, without the event-appeal. Good news is, that we will hear a young ensemble, and not the specialists like MusikFabrik or Ensemble Modern: You can do it with the musicians that are at hand, and with some experts as soloists, which can be young musicians, that are willing to tackle the challenges of the score.

I feel that it could be useful to have a discussion-forum on the music of Stockhausen. There are so many people from all over the world, young and old, learned and eager to get into contact with this musical world: musicologists, composers, musicians, music lovers; people who plan concerts - who write books or have to give lectures and so on. So there should be much stuff, many ideas that we can share. And when we have open questions, there may be people who studied just that and could give a hint or a stimulus. A problem might be the English language, but i feel that is the only possibility that many people who are interested can participate. And we can exercise tolerance to mistakes! Thomas Ulrich
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