aus LICHT - part 2:
LUCIFER AND EVE

Karlheinz Stockhausen,
Holland Festival, De Nationale Opera, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag

A marathon performance will be staged of a large portion of the LICHT cycle, composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Featuring selected highlights from the seven operas – one for each day of the week – it will offer a spectacular overview of Stockhausen's masterpiece. The three parts of aus LICHT can also be visited seperately.  

The second part of aus LICHT starts with the appropriate bom - bast and grandeur. Lucifer appears on stage, accompanied by fanfare, ringing of bells, fairy tale percussion and an eightymen orchestra. In three compositions from SAMSTAG aus LICHT (SAMSTAGS-GRUSS, KATHINKAs GESANG als LUZIFERs REQUIEM and LUZIFERs TANZ) Lucifer takes form and is challenged by Michael. The atmosphere changes completely afterr this mythical battle, with Eve as the central figure in four compositions from MONTAG aus LICHT. Three children’s choirs emphasise her role as the creator of life. It ends with the scenes DER KINDERFÄNGER and ENTFÜHRUNG, Stockhausen’s version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Programme part 2

  • SAMSTAGS-GRUSS (from SAMSTAG)
  • KATHINKAs GESANG (from SAMSTAG)
  • LUZIFERS TANZ (from SAMSTAG)
  • MONTAGS-GRUSS (from MONTAG)
  • MÄDCHENPROZESSION mit BEFRUCHTUNG und WIEDERGEBURT (from MONTAG)
  • EVAs LIED (from MONTAG)
  • DER KINDERFÄNGER und ENTFÜHRUNG (from MONTAG)

start time: 3.00 pm 
end time: ± 9.20 pm

For dedicated listeners, the performance starts with an electronic composition, FREITAGS-GRUSS starting at 1.15 pm; and continues with the electronic composition FREITAGS-ABSCHIED, which ends
at ± 11.30 pm.

Elucidation part 2

Human gene
Expressed in an eleven-tone formula, Lucifer’s musical DNA is marked by deficiency. This drives him to seek completion by battling Michael or merging with Eve, whose twelve-tone formula 

embodies the ideal human gene.

Magic percussion
A fanfare is followed by a bizarre ritual in KATHINKAs GESANG, where a flautist costumed as a cat plays a requiem for Lucifer, consisting of several exercises that will liberate his spirit from its bodily husk. She is accompanied by the tolling of bells and ‘magical’ percussion. Yet Lucifer is not dead yet, reappearing as an eighty-part orchestra that forms a monstrous grimacing face. Challenged by star trumpeter Michael, the first confrontation takes place. Subsequently the mood changes as Eve takes the stage with three scenes from MONTAG. Surrounded by maidens and children, she is shown as the creator of life, demonstrating her allure in a tripartite manifestation of femininity. Then the Pied Piper arrives and abducts all the children that Eve has borne.

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Background information aus LICHT

In 2019 a marathon performance will be staged of a large portion of the LICHT cycle, composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Featuring selected highlights from the seven operas – one for each day of

the week – it will offer a spectacular overview of Stockhausen's masterpiece.

aus LICHT is a selection of key sections of Karlheinz Stockhausen's LICHT cycle. From the whole work's 29 hours of music, the production will comprise 15 hours performed over three days, capturing the whole tonal universe of the original cycle. 

The three concerts, which together last more than 15 hours, can be viewed individually, but to experience the work in its full and unparalleled brilliance we recommend attending all three.

As the first-ever staging of such a large part of the LICHT cycle (over half of the full opera cycle), the unique nature and scale of this project make it a truly world-class operatic and musical theatre production.

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Biography

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) was a German composer. He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the second half of the 20th century.


Stockhausen (1928-2007) studied piano, musicology, philosophy and German linguistics. In the late 1940s he harboured ambitions to become a writer, even receiving letters of encouragement from Hermann Hesse. It was not until 1950 that he began taking lessons in composition with the Swiss composer Frank Martin, and subsequently a summer course in new music at Darmstadt in 1951, where he became fascinated with serialism. The following year he studied under Messiaen in Paris and composed several groundbreaking works that catapulted him to the forefront of new music. 

From the mid-1950s onwards, Stockhausen achieved major artistic successes with his freer interpretation of serialist principles. He experimented with electronic music at the WDR studio in Cologne (of which he was director in the 1960s), and elsewhere with the position of the orchestra and audience, with extreme tempos and with music from all over the world. In 1964 an ensemble was formed to focus solely on the performance of his works, and in 1970 he established his own publishing company.

During the 1970s Stockhausen’s music took on a cosmic dimension, expressing his sense of kinship with the cosmos, nature and fellow man. His Licht (1977-2003) is a cycle of seven monumental operas spanning the seven days of the week and intended to encapsulate the whole of life. From 2003 until his death, Stockhausen subsequently worked on Klang, a comparable cycle on the hours of the day.

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Credits

musical direction
Kathinka Pasveer
mise-en-espace
Pierre Audi
sets and light
Urs Schönebaum
costumes
Wojciech Dziedzic
video
Chris Kondek
curator
Renee Jonker
dramaturgy
Suzanne Stephens-Janning, Cristiano Melli, Klaus Bertisch
conductors
Adrian Heger
Wilma ten Wolde
(Nationaal Kinderkoor)
Daniel Reuss
(Cappella Amsterdam)
artistic producer / coordinator
Sigi Giesler
performers
soloists, instrumental soloists, dancers, students from the MA aus LICHT, students Royal Conservatoire The Hague, students Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and Codarts (Rotterdam)

Nationaal Kinderkoor
Nationaal Vrouwen Jeugdkoor
Nationaal Gemengd Jeugdkoor

This performance was made possible with support by