The 24 Hours of the Day

February 28 & March 1, 2019
10 a.m. – Midnight

Montréal/New Music Festival
La SAT & Satosphère
1201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal (Qc) H2X 2S6 Canada

 

ABOUT

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s final epic, KLANG: The 24 Hours of the Day, will be presented in full by Analog Arts and La Société de musique contemporaine du Québec . Intended to include 24 pieces but left incomplete at the time of Stockhausen’s death, this 21-part work gives space to meditate on time, spirituality, and reality, allowing the audience to reflect on the meaning of mortality. KLANG is the final, epic statement of one of the 20th century’s most important composers. It charts the journey of the soul from the body into the afterlife, and is a fitting capstone to Stockhausen’s massive career. The music ranges from intimate chamber pieces to virtuosic displays and electronic extravaganzas.

 

This piece is composed of three sections. Section one deals with the spiritual world and features performances reflecting the ascension of Christ, harps in heaven expressing the joy of Pentecost, and the door to heaven opening into the pieces of section two, which contains the music that is heard in heaven. The seven pieces of the second section, all instrumental trios, are based on the same underlying music, rearranged and re-imagined to create seven beautifully different yet increasingly familiar-sounding works. The final section takes an immediate and surprising turn towards the imagined universe of Urantia. This section begins with the only fully electronic piece, Cosmic Pulses, and then dives into pieces based on the Urantia book, a mysterious text which appeared in the early 20th century with no known author. This book describes unknown universes, each planet of which is represented by an electro-acoustic performance in the second section.

 

Attendees will be able to hear the work in its entirety on both days of the production over the course of fourteen hours.

 

Major support for KLANG has been provided by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International program.

REPERTOIRE

1. HIMMELFAHRT (Ascension) for organ, soprano, and tenor

Adrian Foster, organ
Virginie Mongeau, soprano
Sylvain Paré, tenor

39′
2. FREUDE (Joy) for two harps

Lilac 94:
Kathryn Sloat & Christina Brier, harps

38′
3. NATÜRLICHE-DAUERN (Natural Durations) for piano

Yukiko Takagi, piano

120′
4. HIMMELS-TÜR (Heaven’s Door) for percussionist and little girl

Stuart Gerber, percussion
little girl

21′
5. HARMONIEN (Harmonies) for flute, trumpet, or bass clarinet

Joseph Drew, trumpet
Margaret Lancaster, flute
Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet

15′
6. SCHÖNHEIT (Beauty) for trumpet, flute, and bass clarinet

Joseph Drew, trumpet
Margaret Lancaster, flute
Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet

28′
7. BALANCE for flute, English horn, bass clarinet

Emma Resmini, flute
Michelle Farah, English horn
Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet

32′
8. GLÜCK for bassoon, English horn, oboe

Remy Taghavi, bassoon
Michelle Farah, English horn
Kemp Jernigan, oboe

40′
9. HOFFNUNG (Hope) for cello, viola, and violin

Jocelin Pan, viola
Ken Hamao, violin
Caleb van der Swaagh, cello

34′
10. GLANZ (Brilliance) for bassoon, viola, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, tuba

Remy Taghavi, bassoon
Jocelin Pan, viola
Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet
Joseph Drew, trumpet
Kemp Jernigan, oboe
Trombone & Tuba, SMCQ

40′
11. TREUE (Fidelity) for Eb clarinet, basset horn, bass clarinet

Vasko Dukovski, basset horn
Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet
Carlos Cordeiro, Eb clarinet

30′
12. ERWACHEN (Awakening) for trumpet, cello, and soprano saxophone

Joseph Drew, trumpet
Caleb van der Swaagh, cello
Jan Baker, soprano saxophone

30′
13. COSMIC PULSES for tape

Joseph Drew & Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

32′
14. HAVONA for tape and bass

Robert Osborne, bass
Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

25′
15. ORVONTON for tape and baritone

Jeffrey Gavett, baritone
Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

25′
16. UVERSA for tape and basset horn

Vasko Dukovski, basset horn
Joseph Drew, sound projectionist

23′
17. NEBADON for tape and horn

Kristina Mulholland, horn
Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

22′
18. JERUSEM for tape and tenor

Sylvain Paré, tenor
Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

21′
19. URANTIA for tape and soprano

Virginie Mongeau, soprano
Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

20′
20. EDENTIA for tape and soprano saxophone

Jan Baker, soprano saxophone
Joseph Drew, sound projectionist

19′
21. PARADIES for tape and flute

Emma Resmini, flute
Rudolf Kämper, sound projectionist

19′

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