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Stockhausen on 9/11 - '..the greatest work of art..ever..'

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Uploaded on Dec 8, 2007

(Quote: Stockhausen on the 9/11 attack)
'What has happened is - now you all have to turn your brains around - the greatest work of art there has ever been. That minds could achieve something in one act, which we in music cannot even dream of, that people rehearse like crazy for ten years, totally fanatically for one concert, and then die. This is the greatest possible work of art in the entire cosmos. Imagine what happened there. There are people who are so concentrated on one performance, and then 5000 people are chased into the Afterlife, in one moment. This I could not do. Compared to this, we are nothing as composers... Imagine this, that I could create a work of art now and you all were not only surprised, but you would fall down immediately, you would be dead and you would be reborn, because it is simply too insane. Some artists also try to cross the boundaries of what could ever be possible or imagined, to wake us up, to open another world for us.'
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hamburg, September 2001.

Bach - Badinerie (Second Orchestral Suite)
Mozart - Lá ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni)
Beethoven - Eroica Symphony (Nº 3)
Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker)
Brahms - Piano Quartet in G minor
Dvorak - New World Symphony (Nº 9)
Debussy - Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto in C minor
R. Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel
Sibelius - Violin Concerto
Poulenc - Organ Concerto

Stockhausen - Hymnen - 1959
Nono - Sofferte onde serene - 1976
Cage - 4.33 -1952
Schnittke - Cello sonata - 1978
Xenakis - Synaphai - 1969
Berio - Leaf - 1990
Ligeti - Artikulation - 1958
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring - 1912
Shostakovich - 1st Symphony -1924
Britten - War Requiem - 1962
Barber - Adagio - 1936
Orff - Carmina Burana - 1936
Copland - Appalachian Spring - 1945
Rodrigo - Concerto Aranjuez - 1939
Ives - The Unanswered Question - 1906

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