One of the most innovative and controversial figures of the 20th century, Karlheinz Stockhausen in many ways defines the post war musical avant-garde. The scale and ambition of his invention was matched only by the meaning and message he ascribed to his music.
London Sinfonietta’s project presents three seminal works in the context of the composer’s history and impact relayed through exhibition style information panels in the foyer, talks and films. The project also offers the audience the chance to try making sounds that make up Mikrophonie I – the piece for tamtam and microphones that makes perceptible those “objects usually beneath our notice” The project aims to open up a world of altered sounds to a new audience.
The London Sinfonietta’s exciting chamber touring format Turning Points presents new music by composers whose output was so distinctive that it influenced the course of music history. The events combine up-close performances and public involvement with video interludes of the composers and images from their time creating an immersive and alternative music experience for the audience.
Genre: Chamber scale immersive concert
Duration: c. 2 hours
Music includes: Gesang der Junglinge (tape piece) ; Mikrophonie (for tamtam and live sound processing); Kontakte (for piano, percussion and tape)
Instrumentation: piano, 4 percussion players = 5 musicians + 2 sound engineer
Public / local participation: the project involves a post performance opportunity for the public to try using the percussion and sound equipment.