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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontra-Punkte

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

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). 

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

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

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