Karlheinz Stockhausen: Punkte

Karlheinz Stockhausen Punkte
Punkte

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Punkte

Catalogue number:
Nr. ½
Year of composition:
1952/1962/1993
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 3 3 2 1 - perc(3), hp(2), pno(2), str(all solo: 8 8 8 6 4)
Instrumentation details:
1. flute (+picc)
2. flute (+picc)
3. flute (+picc
Afl(G))
1. oboe (+ob.d'a)
2. oboe
3. oboe (+c.a.)
clarinet in Eb
clarinet in B
bass clarinet in B
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
3. bassoon (+cbsn.)
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
3. horn in F
1. trumpet in C
2. trumpet in C
3. trumpet in C
tenor trombone
bass trombone
bass tuba
perc (1): tubular bells, Kastenglockenspiel, 2 Pedaltoimpani
vibaphon
marimba
1. harp
2. harp
1. pno
2. pno (+ cel)
1. violin I
2. violin I
3. violin I
4. violin I
5. violin I
6. violin I
7. violin I
8. violin I
1. violin II
2. violin II
3. violin II
4. violin II
5. violin II
6. violin II
7. violin II
8. violin II
1. viola
2. viola
3. viola
4. viola
5. viola
6. viola
7. viola
8. viola
1. violoncello
2. violoncello
3. violoncello
4. violoncello
5. violoncello
6. violoncello
1. contrabass
2. contrabass
3. contrabass
4. contrabass
Commission:
Neuschrift 1962: Auftragswerk des Südwestfunks für Donaueschingen, 1963.
Duration:
27’
Dedication:
Die Neuschrift 1962 ist Francesco Agnello gewidmet, in dessen Haus in Siculiana (Sizilien) ich sie begonnen habe.
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Punkte
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Work introduction

The 24-year-old Karlheinz Stockhausen was already fascinated by the universe and the stars, which he saw as individual dots in the sky. This inspired him, in 1952, to compose music with ‘points’ in the sound space instead of melodies. He soon realised that the score of Punkte could not be performed as it was and turned to other projects – such as Gruppen (1955–57). Stockhausen produced a new version in 1962, but continued to work on the score until 1993. Today, the music has a familiar feel, probably partly because it has served as an example for many other composers. You can listen to the original here.

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World première

Location:
Donaueschingen
Date:
20.10.1963
Orchestra:
SWF-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor:
Pierre Boulez

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