Photo: Stefan Becker


Performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Sternklang”

Musik für heute, Hanover, Germany

Looking up to the night’s sky inspired Karlheinz Stockhausen to compose Sternklang – Parkmusik für fünf Gruppen (Star Sound – Park Music for Five Groups) Musicians dotted around the landscape read overtone melodies from the sky, “singing” and interchanging them. Quite naturally the names of the star signs gain their overtone sequences from the resonances of our mouth cavity, a contact is created and music of harmony universally uniting humanity is created. Berggarten Hannover serves as the venue for this promenade concert, for this encounter uniquely linking musicians, the audience, nature and the firmament.

Due to the extraordinarily artistic and performance-related demands of the work its global performances can so far be counted on the fingers of two hands. Musik für heute, the Neue Ensemble, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Nordic Voices Oslo will now be performing Sternklang in 2020, facilitated by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

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