barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


The Stockhausen Sessions

Sunday 18 February, 5pm

The Stockhausen Sessions

Mantra (1970)

Joseph Houston & Alex Wilson piano
Tom Mudd sound

1970 saw the first performance of Stockhausen’s duo for two pianos, antique cymbals, woodblock, ring modulators and short wave radio. This seminal work of the 20th century saw Stockhausen return to notated music after a period utilising graphic/ verbal direction, with the ’Mantra’ in question being a musical formula from which every element of the music is derived. Totalling an epic 70-plus minutes of unbroken music, Mantra takes the listener on a journey of mathematical, melodic and thematic expansion – germinating from a single musical idea. You can try analysing the formula or just be swept away by this epic work – either way you will ’no longer be the same’.

Ligeti Quartet

Friday 23 February, 1.10pm

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Ligeti Quartet Workshop

Thursday 22 February, 2pm

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New Music Ensemble

Saturday 17 February, 7.30pm

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Carolin Widmann

Friday 16 February, 1.10pm

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