Monday, August 22, 2011

Karlheinz Stockhausen: A Chronological Playlist

Karlheinz Stockhausen, "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music", would be 83 today. Here is a playlist that collected all his works available on Spotify, in chronological order. Karlheinz Stockhausen (46 tracks, total time: 9 hours)

For multi-movement works I only included one track per piece, to keep the playlist neat. Listen to the full recordings if you find the sampler movement interesting. For Zyklus I included more than one recordings, because every performance is unique. I also put it all available arrangements for Tierkreis and In Freundshaft. The bookends of the playlist are Kurtag's Hommage à Stockhausen, and Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, with cadenzas written by Stockhausen, played by the composer with his son Markus as the soloist.

For starters who are afraid of electronic music, try Mantra, Stimmung, and Gruppen first. To listen to Stimmung, please save the album to offline. Otherwise the gaps would ruin the soul-cleansing experience.

Below is a list of works in this playlist, linked to their details Wiki pages.

Etude, musique concrète, Nr. 1/5 (1952)

Schlagtrio ("Percussive Trio") [originally Schlagquartett], for piano and 2 x 3 [originally 3 x 2] timpani, Nr. ⅓ (1952)

Punkte ("Points"), for orchestra, Nr. ½ (1952/62/66/93)

Klavierstücke ("Piano Pieces")
    Klavierstücke I–IV, Nr. 2 (1952)
    Klavierstücke V–X, Nr. 4 (1954–55/61)
    Klavierstück XI, Nr. 7 (1956)

Kontra-Punkte ("Counter-Points"), for 10 instruments, Nr. 1 (1952–53)

Studie I ("Study I"), electronic music, Nr. 3/I (1953)

Zeitmaße ("Time Measures"), for oboe, flute, cor anglais, clarinet, and bassoon, Nr. 5 (1955–56)

Gruppen ("Groups"), for 3 orchestras, Nr. 6 (1955–57)

Gesang der Jünglinge ("Song of the Youths"), electronic and concrete music, Nr. 8 (1955–56)

Zyklus ("Cycle"), for a percussionist, Nr. 9 (1959)

Refrain, for piano (+ 3 woodblocks), vibraphone (+ 3 alpine cowbells and keyboard glockenspiel), and celesta (+ 3 antique cymbals), Nr. 11 (1959)

Kontakte ("Contacts"), for electronic sounds, Nr. 12 (1958–60)

Mixtur 2003, for 5 instrumental groups, 4 sinewave-generator players, 4 sound mixers with 4 ring modulators, and sound director, Nr. 16⅔ (1964/67/2003)

Solo, for a melody instrument and feedback (live electronics with 4 technicians, 4 pair of loudspeakers), Nr. 19 (1965–66)

Stimmung ("Tuning"), for 6 vocalists, Nr. 24 (1968)

Spiral, for a soloist with short-wave receiver and live electronics with sound director, Nr. 27 (1968)

Pole ("Poles"), for 2 players or singers with 2 short-wave radios, Nr. 30 (1969–70)

Mantra, for 2 pianists (with wood blocks and antique cymbals) and electronics, Nr. 32 (1970)

Für kommende Zeiten ("For Times to Come"), 17 texts for intuitive music, Nr. 33 (1968–70) 
No. 15, Japan, for ensemble
No. 16, Wach ("Awake"), for ensemble

Alphabet für Liège ("Alphabet for Liège"), Nr. 36 (1972)

Am Himmel wandre ich ("In the Sky I Am Walking", American Indian Songs), Nr. 36½ (1972)

Tierkreis ("Zodiac"), 12 melodies of the star signs, for a melody and/or chording instrument, Nr. 41½ (1974–75)  including Leo

Harlekin ("Harlequin"), for clarinet, Nr. 42 (1975)

Sirius, electronic music with trumpet, soprano, bass clarinet, and bass voice, Nr. 43 (1975–77)

In Freundschaft ("In Friendship"), for clarinet, Nr. 46 (1977)

Halt, for trumpet in B-flat and double-bass (1978/83)

Michaels Reise um die Erde ("Michael's Journey Round the Earth"), Nr. 48 (1978)

Pietà, for flugelhorn and electronic music, or for flugelhorn, soprano, and electronic music, Nr. 61½, from act 2 of Dienstag aus Licht (1990/91)

Orchester-Finalisten ("Orchestra Finalists"), Nr. 68 (1995–96)


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