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The Stockhausen Sessions - Mantra (1970)

Barber Concert Hall
Arts and Law, Performance
Sunday 18th February 2018 (17:00)
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Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • CrossCurrents

We celebrate the pioneering work of Karlheinz Stockhausen with performances of two of his ground-breaking compositions, Stimmung (1968) and Mantra (1970).

  • Stockhausen
    Mantra (1970)

Joseph Houston & Alex Wilson piano
Tom Mudd sound


1970 saw the first performance of Stockhausen’s duo for two pianos, antique cymbals, woodblock, ring modulators and short wave radio. This seminal work of the 20th century saw Stockhausen return to notated music after a period utilising graphic/verbal direction, with the ’Mantra’ in question being a musical formula from which every element of the music is derived. Totalling an epic 70-plus minutes of unbroken music, Mantra takes the listener on a journey of mathematical, melodic and thematic expansion – germinating from a single musical idea. You can try analysing the formula or just be swept away by this epic work – either way you will ’no longer be the same’.

Venue: Barber Concert Hall

Tickets: £10, £7 concessions, £3 students/under 18s (Available online or by calling 0121 414 7333)
Advance Double-bill (available online only): £15, £12 concessions, £5 students/under 18s

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