Karlheinz Stockhausen's
KLANG
March 25–26, 2016
TICKETS:
Free with admission to the Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Cloisters
The Breuer Building


Karlheinz Stockhausen's complete KLANG cycle will be presented over Easter weekend at three Metropolitan Museum campuses in New York City. On Friday, March 25, the performance will begin at the Breuer Building, former home of the Whitney Museum. The following day, Saturday, March 26, the performance will begin at The Cloisters, home to the Met's medieval collection, before continuing on to the Breuer Building, and concluding with a farewell concert in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

ABOUT Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) began composing KLANG (Sound) after finishing his 7-opera cycle LICHT (Light). Where each opera of LICHT focuses on a single day of the week, KLANG meditates on the hours of the day. Intended to be a 24-part cycle, the composition of KLANG was cut short by Stockhausen’s fatal cardiac arrest on December 5, 2007.

KLANG is a cycle of 21 individual pieces, featuring 42 onstage performers. The music is a combination of electronic and acoustic material in Stockhausen’s eclectic style, which can range from luscious romanticism or minimalism to austere modernism. The total duration of the cycle is slightly more than 11 hours. Most of KLANG has never been performed in the US.

When he died, Stockhausen left no sketches for the final three hours of KLANG. It is unclear that he ever intended to finish the cycle. As the cycle took shape, many of his collaborators felt Stockhausen was signaling that his attention had turned towards his next life. KLANG might best be understood as one of the leading lights of modern music composing his own requiem.

SCHEDULE
REPERTOIRE
1. HIMMELFAHRT (Ascension) for organ, soprano, and tenor
Taka Kigawa, organ
Amanda DeBoer, soprano
Eric Dudley, tenor
39'
2. FREUDE (Joy) for two harps
June Han & Bridget Kibbey, 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
Rani Reid, little girl
21'
5. HARMONIEN (Harmonies) for flute, trumpet, or bass clarinet
Marco Blaauw/Joe Drew, trumpet
Marcia Kämper/Margaret Lancaster, flute
Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet
15'
6. SCHÖNHEIT (Beauty) for trumpet, flute, and bass clarinet
Joe Drew, trumpet
Margaret Lancaster, flute
Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet
28'
7. BALANCE for flute, English horn, bass clarinet
Marcia Kämper, flute
Michelle Farah, English horn
Carlos Cordeiro, bass clarinet
32'
8. GLÜCK for bassoon, English horn, oboe
Bryan Young, bassoon
Michelle Farah, English horn
Kemp Jernigan, oboe
40'
9. HOFFNUNG (Hope) for cello, viola, and violin
Alexandrina Boyanova, viola
Ken Hamao, violin
Caleb van der Swaagh, cello
34'
10. GLANZ (Brilliance) for bassoon, viola, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, tuba
Bryan Young, bassoon
Alexandrina Boyanova, viola
Vasko Dukovski, clarinet
Joe Drew, trumpet
Chris McIntyre, trombone
Kemp Jernigan, oboe
Jay Rozen, tuba
40'
11. TREUE (Fidelity) for clarinet, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet
Vasko Dukovski, clarinet
Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet
Carlos Cordeiro, Eb clarinet
30'
12. ERWACHEN (Awakening) for trumpet, cello, and soprano saxophone
Sam Jones, trumpet
Jay Campbell, cello
Ryan Muncy, soprano saxophone
30'
13. COSMIC PULSES for tape
Joe Drew & Rudolf Kamper, sound projectionist
32'
14. HAVONA for tape and bass
Robert Osborne, bass
Rudolf Kamper & Marcia Kämper, sound projectionist
25'
15. ORVONTON for tape and baritone
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone
Rudolf Kamper & Marcia Kämper, sound projectionist
25'
16. UVERSA for tape and basset horn
Vasko Dukovski, basset horn
Joe Drew, sound projectionist
23'
17. NEBADON for tape and horn
Christine Chapman, horn
Rudolf Kamper, sound projectionist
22'
18. JERUSEM for tape and tenor
Eric Dudley, tenor
Rudolf Kamper, sound projectionist
21'
19. URANTIA for tape and soprano
Amanda DeBoer, soprano
Rudolf Kamper, sound projectionist
20'
20. EDENTIA for tape and soprano saxophone
Ryan Muncy, soprano saxophone
Joe Drew, sound projectionist
19'
21. PARADIES for tape and flute
Marcia Kämper, flute
Rudolf Kamper, sound projectionist
19'


VENUES
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-535-7710
The Cloisters
9 Margaret Corbin Drive
New York, NY 10040
Phone: 212-923-3700
The Breuer Building
Madison Avenue (at 75th Street)
New York, NY 10028


Getting to the Metropolitan Museum By Subway or Bus
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Getting to the Cloisters
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