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Published on Nov 19, 2009
Second Live-Performance at Tonhalle Zürich, October 2008. Excerpt from the Integral Version. Karlheinz Stockhausen: POLES for 2 (1970) Voices and shortwave-receivers: Michael Vetter and Natascha Nikeprelevic . CD: http://www.natascha-nikeprelevic.de/e...
Michael Vetter:" "POLES for 2" is something like a dialogue, which presumes that there are polar positions which should be experienced by transcending one's musical as well as one's existential limitations. Because everything happens as musical structure, there does not exist "good" or "bad", but only "Plus" and "Minus". And in fact: the notation of the work consists mainly out of Plus- and Minus-signs, which have to be related in any vertical and horizontal combination to the main musical parameters. "POLES for 2" as a musical a capella theatre done together with the avantgarde vocalist Natascha Nikeprelevic presents the piece as a great structural dialogue between male and female aspects of existence, reminding in a thoroughly poetic way on the philosophy of Jing and Yang." Due to Karlheinz Stockhausens death December 2007 and his 80th birthday August 2008 I decided to prepare the first integral performance of his piece: "POLES FOR 2" (the world premiere happend at "Musique au Chateaux" - E&H Foundation in Autigny/Suisse at 26th of October 2008). Actually he composed this work already in the beginning of 1970 and travelled with it and me as its interpreter through many different countries; the performances realised always just ca. 20 minutes lasting parts of it. Never the less, only the entire 1,5hour lasting work of the integral version in its unity is able to show the dramatic complexity of being music and theatre at the same time.