Karlheinz Stockhausen: Music in the belly

Simon Steen-Andersen, Les Percussions de Strasbourg

Musik 2022/23

In 1975, Karlheinz Stockhausen composed an enigmatic work for the ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg after a dream. His score contained more stage directions than music in the true sense of the word-and this music consisted of twelve melodies linked to the signs of the zodiac and “represented” by music boxes that the composer had specially made. Almost fifty years after the composition and the premiere of the work at the Festival de Royan, Les Percussions de Strasbourg commissioned composer Simon Steen-Andersen to develop a new production. He was guided by a simple question: What might “Music in the belly” have looked like in Stockhausen’s dream, even before he woke up?

Stockhausen’s work will be presented at HELLERAU by Ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg in Simon Steen-Andersen’s new version as a German premiere, as a musical prelude to 2023 and at the same time as a prologue to the 31st Dresden Contemporary Music Days, planned for April 2023 at HELLERAU.

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Duration: approx. 1 h