Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen

  • for 3 orchestras
  • full orchestration: 5 5 4 3 - 8 6 7 1 - perc(12), hp(2), cel(2), pno, alto sax, bar.sax, guit, vln(26), vla(10), vc(8), cb(6)
  • Duration: 24’25”
  • Instrumentation details:
    orchestra I: flute (+picc)
    alto flute
    oboe
    cor anglais
    clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    bass tuba
    marimba
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    celesta
    harp
    violin (1st desk)
    violin (2nd desk)
    violin (3rd desk)
    violin (4th desk)
    violin (5th desk)
    viola
    violoncello (1st desk)
    violoncello (2nd desk)
    contrabass
    orchestra II: 1st flute (+picc)
    2nd flute
    oboe
    clarinet in Eb
    alto saxophone in Eb (+cl(Bb))
    baritone saxophone in Eb
    bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    trombone
    bass trombone
    vibraphone
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    piano
    guitar
    violin (1st desk)
    violin (2nd desk)
    violin (3rd desk)
    violin (4th desk)
    viola (1st desk)
    viola (2nd desk)
    violoncello
    contrabass
    orchestra III: flute (+picc)
    oboe
    cor anglais
    clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    contrabass trombone (or tuba)
    xylorimba (=marimba)
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    celesta
    harp
    violin (+1. desk)
    violin (+2. desk)
    violin (+3. desk)
    violin (+4. desk)
    viola (+1. desk)
    viola (+2. desk)
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Table of contents:
    Gruppen für drei Orchester
  • Remarks: several orchestras, each with conductor, are performing separated from each other

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Gruppen
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World première

Location:
Köln (DE)
Date:
24.03.1958
Orchestra:
WDR SO Köln
Conductor:
Pierre Boulez

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