I didn’t much care for the version of Stockhausen’s Mantra that Xenia Pestova, Pascal Meyer and Jan Panis issued via Naxos in True enough, Mantra is a . As “Mantra” begins you immediately feel that this is much more than any kind of piano duo that you’ve heard before, and at this point I’m strictly speaking in terms . Stockhausen – Mantra – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online .

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Retrieved from ” https: The genesis of this work came from a melody which surfaced spontaneously while traveling by stocjhausen many years before, as well as from his interest in refining ring modulation techniques. Luna Park; Traveling Music; Apocalypse. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Jorge Ben Ben e Samba Bom. The pitches are shown in the example to the right, and the complete formula can be seen at Nordin [n.

Also it’s worth noting that in the same lecture, Stockhausen maintains that theoretical understanding of MANTRA is no more necessary towards its enjoyment than knowledge about astrophysics is necessary in order to be moved by the stars in the night sky. Top row indicates the 13 sections, 1st column indicates the 12 subdivisions in each section.

Stockhausen: Mantra CD review – virtuosity and immediacy

List of compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen Category: A thing that at first was a mystery to me concerned the sounds that do not appear to stem from the pianos. The ring modulator of the 1st pianist is tuned to the pitch “roots” for each of the 13 sections, and the more dissonant the note being played is to the section “tonic”, the more noisy the ring modulation effect is when playing a “root” note the effect is minimal.

MANTRA is completely composed down to the last tenth of second, though in a sense it is “intuitively-composed” as the product of one person’s intuitively-based musical deliberations at a much slower pace.

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Stockhausen explains it in detail in the CD booklet: He jotted the melody down on an envelope at that time, but it only occurred to him after having abandoned Vision that this might become the basis for his new two-piano composition. This mystery is also valid for the musical genetics. The ring modulations twist and bend the sustaining chords at bar Flurries around center note To this end, each of the pianists has an apparatus at his left into which a microphone amplifier, a compressor, a filter, a ring modulator, a scaled sine-wave generator and a volume control have been built.

Later in the year, on 22 September at the Couvent d’Alziprato in southern France, he had composed an intuitive music text composition, Intervallfor two pianists playing “four-hands” on one pianobut it did not appeal to the Kontarsky brothers—especially to Alfons, who lacked the experience his brother Aloys had gained from performing text-pieces from Aus den sieben Tagenas a member of Stockhausen’s ensemble.

It was composed in and premiered in autumn of the same year in Donaueschingen. Launch Tabs Welcome Works: This work involves the expansion and contraction of a counterpointed pair of melodieswhich the composer calls a “formula” Stockhausen3 and 6. The shots of light off of he surface of the sound even renders the music an impressionistic quality, however farfetched that notion may seem. Give us your e-mail address and we will remind you when this item is in stock.

The formula, therefore, is an integration of all these elements, constituting a cultural inheritance, prepared and produced by cultures, divergent between themselves, since the dawn of time.

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Cymbals dominate the beginning half 12 occurrences, followed by 12 more inverted and an ending recap note see below tableand the woodblocks occur more often in the later sections as an inversion. Those are the facts of the arrangement, but that really says nothing about the splendid auditive effect that is achieved, and which is nothing short of magical!

Tod Dockstader Organized Sound: Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. What I think happened here is that Stockhausen’s manipulation of the elements unregulated by the mathematics as well as a fair share of “cheating” was done with so much panache that his stylistic and musical “personality” became a bit more important than the underlying mathematical break points. For five months I listened carefully to all works I had composed so far.


The lower voice consists of an intervallic inversion of the upper voice with transposed segments: The formula in the compositional act is a sum of different elements; mental, trans-mental, psychological, intelligent, intuitive, rational, irrational and so forth. There is an aura around each tone rising out of the doubled keyboards, and the aura flutters and bulges, breaking the waves of the sound into millions of little glistenings, in a magic luster diffusing out of the core tone, three-dimensionally.

In fact it’s probably the longest single piano work I have in my music collection. In this particular work the first of a long succession of compositions to use formula techniqueStockhausen chose the term ” mantra ” in order “to avoid the words themerow stockhauseen subjectas in a fugue” Stockhausen2and “Mantra” also became the title of the entire work.

One of the main reasons I find analysis of a huge piece like this to be useful is to identify “signposts” so that the listener can digest such a huge repast in platefuls, rather than as a huge buffet stretching off into the horizon.

Admittedly there are a few tables in the analysis below, which at first don’t seem to add much to the listening experience. Newer Post Older Post Home. Randomness had become more important than the work as such.


Views Read Edit View history. On the other hand, Stockhausen has been described as being unhappy with the “dilettantish interpretations” he was stockhauaen from his players. The work is scored for two ring-modulated pianos ; each player is also sfockhausen with a chromatic set of crotales antique cymbals and a wood blockand one player is equipped with a short-wave radio producing morse code or a magnetic tape recording of morse code.

Mantrawritten infinds Stockhausen at a point of transition.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stockhausen’s original sketch of the form plan.