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Mantra

Artist: Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Mantra CD
Label: Wergo
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Year: 1995
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The melody for MANTRA is four bars of music enveloped by silences, it came to him while sitting next to the driver " I heard this melody -it all came very quickly together: I had the idea of one single musical figure or formula that would be expanded over a very long period of time", the work for two pianos, with crotales and electronic manipulation is now a high water mark. Stockhausen had been moving forever into World Music since his first visit to Japan. And has been utilizing the concepts and musical processes of structured improvisation, Telemusik, "Aus den sieben Tagen", certainly the ode to the world "Hymnen" for quite some time. Mantra however is more a focused construction where this one single cell of a melody directs and regenerates the entire work. The piano texture is wonderful in that the density is distributed between both piano players here. So there are marked contrasts, and exposed single lines, sometimes omitting the middle registers on the keyboard to create this clangorous=like tone.The concept of the FORMULA of course was later expanded into his colossus Licht, an opera for each day of the week. The FORMULA not only directs the music but the dancing and stage lighting and movements on stage. This work has magical charms for I know people who hate Stockhausen, yet love MANTRA.
ARTISTS
Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer); Andrew Grau, Gotz Schumacher (pianos)
TRACKS
Mantra, for 2 pianos with percussion and electronics (73:02)
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