Stockhausen's Telemusik and Nachtmusik

Thursday 26 April 2018,
Room 2
Free, just drop in, limited seating

The festival is organised by the British Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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The works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) are integral to 20th-century music. In this performance, the Ensemble für Intuitive Musik Weimar present two of his seminal pieces from the 1960s – Telemusik and Nachtmusik.

Telemusik was written in 1966 for Japanese television and consists of recordings of traditional ethnic music from around the world, with electronically generated sounds. Nachtmusik is one of the 15 parts of Aus den sieben Tagen, composed in May 1968 in reaction to a personal crisis. Stockhausen characterised this as 'intuitive music', produced primarily from intuition rather than the intellect of the performer.

Stockhausen’s works from this period are concerned with collecting the world as a means of understanding the world, which directly resonates with the idea behind this gallery (Room 2), Collecting the world.

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)

Ensemble für Intuitive Musik Weimar
Michael von Hintzenstern piano
Matthias von Hintzenstern cello
Daniel Hoffmann trumpet
Hans Tutschku electronics

The Ensemble für Intuitive Musik Weimar was founded in 1980. It specialises in chamber music with live electronics and is dedicated to building on Bauhaus traditions of synaesthetic projects. The group played the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen in over 100 concerts in East Germany. After the opening of the border and German reunification, they were able to work with him on the further development of intuitive music. In 2005 they recorded six pieces from his cycle Für kommende Zeiten (For the coming times, 1968–1970) for the first time on CD, sound directed by the composer himself.

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