Geburtstaggruß an Karlheinz

Stockhausen would have been 80 today so I’m at the Albert Hall to hear Punkte at the Proms.


  1. Mark

    August 28, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Alistair, you should have been there last night for the Vaughan Williams memorial (well, for all I know you were) – I thought it stunning and think myself a lucky man indeed – having only been back in the UK a week I hadn’t caught up with the Proms schedule but happened to pcik the morning paper up yesterday and there was a mention. So it was I found myself in a cue stretching several blocks for a single ticket to the gallery (the arena cue was gargantuan in preportians and jealously patrolled by some fairly serious types!) Anyway, I digress… all that cuing, all those stairs, the heat (my goodness the HEAT!) all worthwhile for an incredibly evening marking a lifetime of brilliant music. I particularly liked the movement in Job with the organ and the last symphony which was pure Proms magic – 7 or 8 minutes of applause later from a capactiy crowd and I could have quite happily stood through hours and hours of more RVW at the hands of Davis – who else are you going to see? (PS how come Stockton library had such exquisite taste? Chipping Sodbury Public library had nothing but the collected works of Mozart and countless unwanted Jean-Michel Jarre cassettes….)

  2. Jeff

    August 28, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I like the little spheres of clarity. Sometimes life is like that. Often, though, it’s all just a blur!

  3. R.J.

    September 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I listened to the broadcast on iPlayer, and one of the commentators said something interesting about how Stockhausen was dissatisfied with the original version of Punkte because when everything changed with every note, the music had a very static quality. Constant change creates stillness.

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