Universal Edition - Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontra-Punkte

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Year of composition: 1952-1953
Scored for: for 10 instruments
Composer: Karlheinz Stockhausen
Instrumentation: 1 0 2 1 - 0 1 1 0, pno, hp, str(1 0 0 1 0)
Instrumentation details:
clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
trumpet in C
Duration: 14′13″
Dedication: Doris (Stockhausen, geb. Andreae) gewidmet
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World Première

Location: Köln / Germany
Date: 26.05.1953
Orchestra: Mitglieder des WDR-Sinfonie-Orchesters
Conductor: Hermann Scherchen

Work Introduction

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1952/1953 piece Kontra-Punkte for 10 instruments is one of the key works of serial composition. “One of the basic ideas behind the piece is that all 10 instruments are initially introduced on an equal footing – with ‘punctiform’ individual tones. But during the piece individual instruments drop out one by one, while the remaining instrumental parts become progressively more continuous with one another, culminating in an enormously challenging piano solo” (Richard Toop). 

Study score – Kontra-Punkte

  • for 10 instruments
  • Edition type: study score
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • UE34135
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6655-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08012-8
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score - Kontra-Punkte

  • for 10 instruments
  • Edition type: score

Future Performances

Location: Uni Mozarteum, Solitär, Salzburg (A), Orchestra: Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik

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