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uatu Offline

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Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:12 am

Stockhausen's synthesis of man, technology and God, "Song of the Youths" (boy's voice with manipulated sine waves, electronic impulses and white noise). I never realized how directly religious this piece was before.

Joe Offline

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Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:46 pm

Ironic that he would choose a passage from one of the only books (Daniel) where Michael makes a concrete appearance in the Bible. Or perhaps it just shows his lifelong affinity for Michael.

Regardless, Gesang also hints at things to come in its ambition. He was going to make it longer, and then again with Hymnen, and then we know where he ended up...

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Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:06 am

There are so many works of Stockhausen that were planned, or planned to be longer, that did not eventuate and I imagine anyone who is into his music often wonders what they might have sounded like: the longer version of GESANG DER JÜNGLINGE, the extra regions of HYMNEN, the LUZIFERIUM, the last three hours of KLANG. Not to mention the plan for a work for each minute of the hour and for each second of the minute. Some people, no matter how long they live, leave us too soon.

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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