Musikfest Berlin
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elisabeth Clarke and Alain Louafi at Herodes Atticus Theater in Athens (rehearsal of the soloists), 1978 © Archive of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kürten
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elisabeth Clarke and Alain Louafi at Herodes Atticus Theater in Athens (rehearsal of the soloists), 1978

Orchester der Lucerne Festival Academy

Karlheinz Stockhausen IV

Karlheinz Stockhausen [1928-2007]
INORI
Adorations for one or two soloists and orchestra [1973/74]

Modernism in music was unleashed by a ritual: Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. And a ritual brought it spiritual awareness: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s INORI. As in a deep prayer everything is derived from a single formula and everything aspires towards one formula. Both its secret and the route to finding this lie in the music. The gestures of prayer that are carried out by two dancers were assembled by the composer from a variety of religious practices and ordered as a chromatic scale. This makes them an integral part of the musical score and not something applied from the outside. Sound and gesture, audible and visible signals come from a single source and are the expression of a joint process. Stockhausen did not write religious music in the sense of recording or reiterating a doctrine. But it is religious in its concern with transcendence – one that is shared by art, science and metaphysics. For John Cage the decisive artistic criterion was “if you celebrate it”.

This evening completes the Musikfest 2018. It highlights a panorama of the music and art of the 20th century. Karlheinz Stockhausen occupies a significant place within this with his sharp intelligence, his advanced thinking and his desire for transcendence. Various different tendencies were combined in his work and numerous impulses came from out of it – including provocations. “The essence of my music is always religious and spiritual: the technical side is simply explication.” (Stockhausen)

A Lucerne Festival Academy production. A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund with kind support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

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Work introduction 18:30

Tickets & Dates

Orchester der Lucerne Festival Academy

Venue:

Philharmonie

Price/Category:

€ 15 - 45 / subscription

Dates:

  • Tue 18 Sep 2018, 20:00