Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontra-Punkte

Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontra-Punkte
Kontra-Punkte

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontra-Punkte

Year of composition:
1952-1953
Scored for:
for 10 instruments
Composer:
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Preface:
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Instrumentation:
1 0 2 1 - 0 1 1 0, pno, hp, str(1 0 0 1 0)
Instrumentation details:
flute
clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
trumpet in C
trombone
piano
harp
violin
violoncello
Duration:
14’13”
Dedication:
Doris (Stockhausen, geb. Andreae) gewidmet
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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). 

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Next performances

11 Nov

Kontra-Punkte

Uni Mozarteum, Solitär, Salzburg (AT)

15 Jan

Kontra-Punkte

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (ES)

World première

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

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