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Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:51 pm
NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 124 (Natural Durations 124) for piano reply

(Natural Durations 124) for piano, 2005, 2006 [approx. 2 hours, 20 minutes]

Natural Durations analysis and explanation

These final piano pieces are truly beautiful "postcards" of shape and color. If the KLAVIERSTÜCKE are oil paintings, then these are like watercolors, or maybe even Japanese rock garden (枯山水) sand art. Stockhausen always put poetic expression and beauty above musical athleticism, and these are perfect examples of that. In fact he almost makes fun of technical virtuosity by making some fingerings very awkward in order to limit the tempo. Interestingly, I sometimes found looking at the scores for these to be a little deceptive, since the music ended up sounding quite different than what I first imagined (then again, I'm no pianist...). In any case, these are great pieces to listen to on a frigid wintry night - the notes and chords fall like snowflakes onto a field of silence. Some pieces are also evocative of encountering lost islands in the ocean, or exotic fish in the deep sea.

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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