No. 33: FÜR KOMMENDE ZEITEN (For Times to Come) (1968-1970) 17 "intuitive music" text compositions for electroacoustic ensemble or small ensemble
During a period of personal upheaval and crisis, Stockhausen wrote a set of texts, AUS DEN SIEBEN TAGEN, which are essentially verbal instructions which an ensemble (usually small) could use to embark on a kind of "textural" improvisation. These works would tend to establish a kind of "vibratory environment" and then gradually develop into new ensemble landscapes. Stockhausen called these improvisatory journeys "intuitive music", and sometimes inferred that instead of playing from a score, the performers would receive musical vibrations from each other and possibly from some kind of external (spiritual?) force. FÜR KOMMENDE ZEITEN is basically a second collection of texts for use in creating intuitive music improvisations
Thanks for covering these works in your blog, Ed. I hope one day we will get to hear them all recorded - especially by people who are connected enough with Stockhausen's ideas and the spirit of his work to be able to realise them in ways that he, too, might have found interesting.
My pleasure Ian. Actually I have just updated the post with links to all of the "unofficial versions" which can be found on YouTube and elsewhere. The version of "Unanimity" by Richard Barrett (from FURT) is pretty cool. Really makes me want to make a few phone calls and give them a go myself.
- Ed Chang - Stockhausen - Sounds in Space: Analysis, explanation and personal impressions of the works of the avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. - http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/
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!