Label: Stockhausen-Verlag - Stockhausen 33 • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Classical • Style: Contemporary
Sirius : eight-channel electronic music and trumpetsopranobass clarinetand bass is a music-theatre composition by Karlheinz Stockhausencomposed between and It is Nr. Sirius has been described as "a modern mystery playclothed as a science fiction story" Kurtz While not described by the composer as an operait is nevertheless a musical drama, in which four emissaries from a planet orbiting the star Sirius bring a message to earth.
When Stockhausen's daughter, Julika aged 5 or 6 at the timeasked for a dog, he obtained one for her and named it Sirius, after the From The Heart - The Temprees - From The Heart in the constellation Canis Majorwhich was in his mind because he had just finished composing Sternklang "Star-sound", Shortly afterward, he chanced upon a passage in a book by Jakob Lorber describing Sirius as the sun at the center of our universe, and this fired his imagination:.
Other snippets of vitally important information then came to me through a couple of revelatory dreams. Crazy dreams, from which it emerged that not only did I come from Sirius itself, but that, in fact, I completed my musical education there. Tannenbaum34— Stockhausen never explained these dreams in detail Kurtz, maintaining that "It would lead to misunderstanding and false interpretation" Stockhausen The art is very highly developed there, and every composition on Sirius is related to the rhythms of nature.
Sirius was commissioned by the West German government to celebrate the United States bicentenary, and is dedicated to the "American pioneers on earth and in space".
Composition was begun inand the first performance was given before an invited audience at the opening of the Albert Einstein Spacearium in Washington, D. The "autumn" portion was added in time for performances later that year in Japan, France, Germany, and Italy. Sirius is Number 43 in the composer's catalog of works, and consists of three main parts: "Presentation", "The Wheel" subdivided into four sections, corresponding to the four seasonsand "Annunciation".
The words were written by Stockhausen, except for a text by Jakob Lorber used in the Annunciation. The musical material consists of the Takt 209 - Stockhausen* - Aries - Klavierstück XIII zodiac melodies of TierkreisNr. Four of these melodies are principal, each associated with one of the protagonists, and are subjected to a variety of transformations, not merely by superimposition even of metamorphosis through a system of cross-fertilization processes in which "one melody progressively assumes the features of another, as a series of mists and frosts 'borrowed' from winter will gradually transform the autumnal aspect of October from summer nostalgia into winter foreboding" Britton The remaining eight melodies serve a subsidiary role.
In the Presentation, the four characters introduce themselves and their attributes. They are:. The main, central "wheel" lasts over an hour, and can be rotated, according to the season of the performance, to produce four different forms:.
The electronic music can be performed by itself, without the four soloists, and there are also three excerpted versions, each for a soloist with a specially prepared Psycho - Muse - Drones of the electronic music: Ariesfor trumpet Nr. Category:Compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
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