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  • Date: Friday, 29 October 2010, 8pm
  • Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW

Event Details

Experience the zodiac through the unique ears of the legendary Karlheinz Stockhausen. Comprised of twelve sublime melodies, Tierkreis (Zodiac) has been described as the Für Elise of Stockhausen due to its immediately memorable and affectionate quality. Tierkreis was originally written for specially-designed music boxes in the children's theatre piece Musik im Bauch (Music in the Belly). The child-like simplicity of the work, however, belies elaborately crafted musical formulae that capture the different character-types of the Zodiac. Tierkreis is not written for specific instruments but has to be ‘assembled' for every new performance. Each melody is like a piece of DNA - a magical set of relationships between pitches and rhythms - that can grow into innumerable forms. First completed in 1975, Stockhausen created many realizations of Tierkreis including one on the eve of his death in 2007. This beautiful work now lives a life of its own with versions ranging from rich orchestrations to the lonely purity of Japanese singing bowls. Ensemble Offspring's striking arrangement features a colourful assortment of instruments including one of the original music boxes from whence the whole work began.

The Sydney performance of Tierkreis will be complimented by new works by composition students at the Sydney Conservatorium. Works by Mitchell Huckstepp, Daniel Manera, Helana Czajka, Stephen Rozanc, Natalie Unwalla, Laura Altman and Marcus Whale will feature. Come join us as we unearth fresh new sounds from Sydney future generation of composers.

Featured non-Australian music: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis

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