comment on stockhausens's gesang der juenglinge
this piece is one of the most exciting and also astonishing
experiences a music eater can have. stockhausen in his composition
seminar 1963: "if i could explain everything i know something
would be wrong and that's where my interst for religion comes
it must have been in the year 1958 when stockhausen appeared
live with his percussionist christoph caskel in the heavy metal
production city of duisburg. i had heard him several times in
the radio and among other 'weird sounding composers'. he was
somehow sticking out of them all. now i was sitting in the audience
and listened to his fascinating way of telling people what was
moving him to become the creative man he is. then we heard gesang
der juenglinge. some people were laughing. stockhausen: i've
seen people laughing even at traffic accidents. hmm... silence.
a man sitting beside me rose up his hand and said: "mr. stockhausen,
you are doing all this to shock people and then make a lot of
money out of it" . that was a typical music teacher's ammunition.
but not karlheinz though: "i can assure you that i have done
this only of musical reasons. what money is concerned i have
married a rich wife."
more than forty years later
this music remains being an outstanding musical jewel though
the technical development makes one think this being an old
hat. wrong dear, listening to 'gesang der juenglinge' makes modern
technique sometimes look old.
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