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Mauricio Kagel: Die Himmelsmechanik

  • Duration: minimum duration 15'
  • Instrumentation details:
    The realization of the scenic actions on stage are depending on the available euipment. Sounds which interact with these actions are done by standard equipment - storm machines, drums and so on
  • Composer: Mauricio Kagel

Work introduction

Mauricio Kagel's 15-minute composition with stage sets, Die Himmelsmechanik (subtitle: Presentation of various natural events), was considered one of the strictest attempts at experimental instrumental theatre in 1965. Accompanied by barely concrete sounds, a playful, visionary setting is created, with the sun, moon and stars moving across the sky, the sound of the wind, the patter of the rain and the mist rising. Kagel depicts a broken natural world out of a test tube, “a propped-up sky”, as he put it.

“These days, music is only ever presented as a cosmic play of stars under a steady flood of sunlight, in the frame of a puppet theatre, in a naively fantastic manner,” wrote Karlheinz Roschitz, following the world première of the piece at the Venice Biennale in 1969.

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