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Karlheinz Stockhausen - Hoch-Zeiten für Orchester

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Published on Mar 29, 2012

Sonntag aus Licht - Hoch-Zeiten für Orchester

5th scene of the opera SUNDAY from LIGHT.

The two different versions of Hoch-Zeiten (High Times, or Marriages), Hoch-Zeiten for Choir and Hoch-Zeiten for Ochestra is performed simultaneously in two different halls by five choral groups and five orchestral sections, respectively. The performance is then repeated, with the audiences changing halls. As such, these two versions are sometimes regarded as both the fifth and sixth scenes of Sonntag

The basic structure of the orchestral version is identical to that of Hoch-Zeiten for Choir, but has added to it five duos and two trios performed by the first-desk players of the orchestra. These ensembles are recollections of characteristic moments from each of the seven operas in the Licht cycle, presented not in weekday order but in the order they were composed:

1. Thursday duo, for trumpet and clarinet, quoting from Mondeva, act 1, scene 2 of Donnerstag

2. Saturday duo, for flute and trombone, quoting from Kathinkas Gesang, scene 2 of Samstag

3. Monday duo, for viola and cello, quoting from Wochenkreis, the second "situation" of act 2, scene 3 (Evas Lied) of Montag

4. Tuesday duo, for flugelhorn and trombone, quoting from Pietà, in act 2 of Dienstag

5. Friday duo, for oboe and bassoon, quoting from Elufa, the ninth "real scene" of Freitag

6. Wednesday trio, for clarinet, violin, and cello, quoting from the "Carousel" section of Michaelion, scene 4 of Mittwoch

7. Finally, a Sunday trio for flute, viola, and synthesizer, quoting the opening of Lichter—Wasser, the first scene of Sonntag.

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