FRIDAY 23 APRIL 7.30PM
ELEKTRONISCHE STUDIEN I + II
GESANG DER JÜNGLINGE
This first concert in the 2004 Sonorities Festival presents four landmark compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The pieces, which will be introduced and diffused by the composer, helped redefine the creative and technical boundaries of experimental music in the 1950s and 60s.
Studies I & II introduced ground-breaking concepts in the way sound could be created from sine-wave components and organised in a composition using strict mathematical procedures.
Gesang der Jünglinge and Kontakte extended this idea by including real-world sounds alongside electronic sound, and are amongst the first works at this time to employ spatial sound projection through multiple loudspeakers. Both works are now universally regarded as seminal compositions in the field of electronic music, and widely regarded as masterpieces which have transcended both time and technology.