I am very glad to announce that now my (Thomas Ulrich) book: "Stockhausen's Zyklus LICHT. Ein Opernführer" (a guide to the operas) has been published. The publishing house is Böhlau in Wien, Köln, Weimar; it has 481 pages and costs € 50. The ISBN-No is: 978-3-412-50577-6. In this book I try to interpret every single scene of the cycle in respect to the music and the traditions that Stockhausen used. My aim was to create a reliable basis to understanding, against all the prejudices, that hinder the reception up to now. The language of the book is German; hopefully there will be an English translation, but, if attempts in this direction should succeed, that will take time. Definitely not 2017!
I am very excited that your book is now available Thomas. I ordered it from German Amazon about a week ago, but I think it has not yet been sent. Hopefully soon! I am looking forward to it enormously. It is of course always slower for me to read in German, but this, I know, will make both the time and the effort worthwhile. :-)
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!