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Musikfest Berlin: Homage to Karlheinz Stockhausen
Source: Musikfest Berlin
02/08/2018

Karlheinz Stockhausen at sound mixer, performance by Mantra in Shiraz, Shiraz Arts Festival, September 1972 © Archive of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kürten
     
  Karlheinz Stockhausen at sound mixer, performance by Mantra in Shiraz, Shiraz Arts Festival, September 1972 © Archive of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kürten

Musikfest Berlin: Homage to Karlheinz Stockhausen
 
“The essence of my music is always religious and spiritual: the technical side is simply explication.” 
Karlheinz Stockhausen
 
The finale of the Musikfest Berlin features Karlheinz Stockhausen. Four evenings are devoted to his compositional work, which changed 20th-century music history, and which will be presented in four stages. Stockhausen I begins with “Piano pieces I-XI” from the 1950s and 1960s, interpreted by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Here, Stockhausen uses the piano like his predecessors from Bach to Schönberg: for compositional experimentation, as a means of reflection and to scrutinize aesthetic concepts. And as did these other composers, Stockhausen reconceived the sound of the piano in this work. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who has already enthralled the audience at the Musikfest Berlin with his performance of the complete “Well-Tempered Clavier” or Pierre Boulez’ piano music, also appears on Stockhausen II and III (together with Tamara Stevanovich): “Refrain”, “Contacts” and “Mantra”, in which the piano is instrumentally and electronically enhanced, are on the programme. In “Mantra”, Stockhausen first applies a compositional style, whereby a formula is developed from the nucleus, from whose parameters – duration, pitch, and tone strength and volume – the entire composition is developed. Stockhausen also used this method in “INORI”, a ritual-ceremonial composition and adoration for two dancer-mimes and a large orchestral. The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, which is made up of young musicians from all over the world, will perform this work under the baton of the conductor and composer Peter Eötvös, who was a long-standing associate of Stockhausen. This will be the first time the version of “INORI” for large orchestra will be performed at the Musikfest Berlin.
 
Date
Musikfest Berlin
31 August to 18 September 2018
Philharmonie and other venues
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