aus LICHT - part 3:
COOPERATION AND THE OPENING UP OF SPACE

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. 

Highlights from DIENSTAG aus LICHT, MITTWOCH aus LICHT and SONNTAG aus LICHT can be seen in the third part. For instance, INVASION-EXPLOSION, an overwhelming, electronic sound world in which the conflict between Michael and Lucifer is settled. This is followed by WELT-PARLAMENT, ORCHESTER-FINALISTEN and HELIKOPTER-STREICHQUARTETT, and visions of cosmic cooperation are shown. Both the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam perform. Four string players perform high above Amsterdam from helicopters. This part is not to be missed by anyone who wants to see why Stockhausen was the greatest avant-garde composer of the previous century.

Programme part 3*


MITTWOCHS-GRUSS
 ** (from MITTWOCH)
electronic composition (12.30 - 1.25 pm)

interval (1.25 - 2.00 pm)

INVASION-EXPLOSION mit ABSCHIED (from DIENSTAG)

interval (3.15 - 4.15 pm)

WELT-PARLAMENT (from MITTWOCH

interval (5.00 - 6.00 pm)

ORCHESTER-FINALISTEN (from MITTWOCH)
HELIKOPTER-STREICHQUARTETT (from MITTWOCH)

dinner break (8.10 - 9.25 pm)

ENGEL-PROZESSIONEN (from SONNTAG)
(ends at 10.30 pm)

* times with reservation
**electronic compositions for dedicated listeners in particular

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 LICHTcycle. 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
stage director
Pierre Audi
sets and light
Urs Schönebaum
costumes
Wojciech Dziedzic
video
Chris Kondek, Robi Voigt
curator
Renee Jonker
dramaturgy
Klaus Bertisch
musical and dramaturgical consultant
Suzanne Stephens-Janning
educational advisor
Cristiano Melli
conductors
Jeffrey Skidmore
(Nederlands Kamerkoor)
Daniel Reuss
(Cappella Amsterdam)
artistic producer / coordinator
Sigi Giesler
performers
soloists, instrumental soloists, helicopter pilots, students from the MA aus LICHT, students Royal Conservatoire The Hague

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Cappella Amsterdam
remaining credits part 3

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