Here's a more technically detailed than usual "Sounds in Space" post about the music of LICHT-BILDER, the quartet for tenor vocalist, trumpet with ring-modulation, basset-horn, and flute/alto flute with ring-modulation. Usually I don't get this egg-headed in these things but since Stockhausen so generously provided so many details in his 2005 Composition Course book, it was a good opportunity to examine exactly how he explodes the 1 minute super-formula into entire scenes with stage movement. Really interesting methodology, almost more interesting than the music itself...
Another interesting thing here is that this scene actually encapsulates the 7 days of a week in a very true way. Every day-section basically traverses the same retrograded MICHAEL and EVE melodic formulas from beginning to end, but each is also very different in the details. A couple days like Thursday and Friday are "special days". This is a good parallel with real life on a daily basis - get up, go to work, have lunch, dinner, nightlife, sleep, enjoy a weekend break... But every day is still different in the details (at least, hopefully!).
- 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!