Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Sternklang
– Mysticism and nature worship combine under the sky in Stockhausen’s twilight fantasy.
With his belief in universalism through music and his singleminded individualism, Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) is seen by some as post-war Germany’s answer to Beethoven. The monumental Sternklang (Star Sound) was composed in 1971. Described as ‘park music for five groups’ and lasting up to three hours, Sternklang is performed at five separate ‘stations’ around the Ekeberg Sculpture Park in eastern Oslo. The public can move freely between each of them, ensuring a multitude of possible experiences as the work unfolds. In one of Stockhausen’s most cosmically immersive compositions, a 21-strong chorus, percussion and Stockhausen’s electronics are co-ordinated by ‘sound runners’ carrying messages between each location. A spectacular and unforgettable experience in Oslo’s autumnal twilight.
Friday 16th of September at 20:00