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16.10.04

Fiat Lux, Stockhausen Dixit

James Wagner has a post on Karlheinz Stockhausen's long-awaited cycle of seven operas, Licht. The last opera, Licht-Bilder (Sonntag) will be premiered today at the Donaueschingen Music Festival, in Germany. The opera calls for bassett horn, flute ("mit Ringmodulator"), tenor, trumpet ("mit Ringmodulator"), synthesizer, Klangregisseur, and light images. The Donnerstag (Thursday) opera will be performed there on October 24.

Das Europäische Zentrum der Künste Hellerau (The European Center for the Arts Hellerau), in Dresden, will stage the first complete performance of all 29 hours of the Licht cycle in 2008, for the composer's 80th birthday (as reported by BBC News).

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