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I didn’t much care for the version of Stockhausen’s Mantra that Xenia Pestova, Pascal Meyer and Jan Panis issued via Naxos in True enough, Mantra is a . As “Mantra” begins you immediately feel that this is much more than any kind of piano duo that you’ve heard before, and at this point I’m strictly speaking in terms . Stockhausen – Mantra – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online .

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Composed init was the work that not only signalled his return to composing fully notated music after almost a decade in which ”intuitive” techniques, using graphic and verbal scores, became more and more important, but it also introduced the use of a musical formula, the ”mantra” of the title, from which every pitch and rhythmic element of the composition is derived by transformation.

It is reported that some of his intuitive stovkhausen collaborators were feeling unhappy about the open nature of the “free” music they were playing and beginning to contest ownership of the composition rights. Toggle Navigation 0 items. Trills Bb Behind each piano stand loudspeakers, which project the modulated sound simultaneously with the played sound. Right from the get-go, the performance has a confidence that feels right and proper. Kenyon Hopkins The Hustler.

Behind him lay all those early responses to serialism — GruppenKontakteRefrain etc; ahead was Licht stovkhausen, his vast and wacky opera cycle, pinned around a network of melodic formulas, an idea about controlling musical material that had its roots in Mantra.

The genesis of this work came from a melody which surfaced spontaneously while traveling by car many years before, as well as from his interest in refining ring modulation techniques. During an automobile trip from Madison, Connecticut to Boston, a melody came to Stockhausen, along with the idea of expanding such a musical figure over a very long period of time—fifty or sixty minutes.

By means of this device, each piano’s sounds are ring modulated with a sine tone tuned to the central pitch corresponding to etockhausen note of the mantra formula governing each of the thirteen large segments of the composition, and the modulated sound is played over loudspeakers placed behind and above the performers.

Accent at the End 61 B 3. Each artificial scale’s 12 notes take up more and more room on the keyboard become wideruntil the largest scale requires the entire keyboard to play just one artificial “octave”. It consists of a microphone amplifier with three microphone inputs, a compressor, a filter, a ring modulator, a scaled sine-wave generator, and a volume control. At times the ring modulation controls are also manipulated to create vibrato and glissando effects.


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Mantra (Stockhausen) – Wikipedia

There is an aura around each tone rising out of the doubled keyboards, and the aura flutters and bulges, breaking the waves of the sound into millions of little glistenings, in a magic luster diffusing out of the core tone, three-dimensionally. Musical Behavior From Bar Beginning root note 1. The first pianist presents the upper thirteen pitches of the mantra in succession, and the second pianist the stochkausen thirteen pitches, the mantra-mirror.

The other mantra pitches sound “dissonant” to varying degrees, and differ also from a normal piano to varying degrees in their timbre.

Final note accent from bar In addition to its articulative characteristic, each of the thirteen notes is assigned a particular dynamic, in approximate inverse proportion to its duration—that is, the softer a note’s dynamic is, the longer is its duration. By fitting the original MANTRA formula onto each of these expanded scales, Stockhausen created increasingly larger interval versions of the formula.

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Each note determines a large portion of the work. And this trio succeed precisely where that overly bureaucratic Naxos version falls down. Dorothy Ashby Dorothy Ashby. Flurries around center note The fast event before the end of the piece which triggered my vision above with the wintry scene of moving people seen through an aquarium in Helsinki is a compression of the whole work into a short duration, where all the expansions and transpositions are collected and displayed very fast in four layers.

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I know Stockhausen-Verlag has plans to obtain the rights, to offer it together with the Kontarsky brothers’ CD, and I hope Stockhausen will succeed in this. Each cycle is dominated by its corresponding note and characteristic. The formula permeates at different speeds and manyra at the most subterranean level, the 13 notes transform stockhaysen, the arrival of each new note heralding a new section. So, in any case I first present an analysis of MANTRA as a formula with multiple poly-structural layers, and then afterwards as a “highlights” narrative at the end.

One of the main reasons I find analysis of a huge piece like this to be useful is to identify “signposts” so that the listener can digest such a huge repast in platefuls, rather than as a huge buffet stretching off into the horizon. In formula mantrz Stockhausen found a way to let a musical mxntra provide the framework, allowing for different ways of realizing the music.

For five months I listened carefully to all works I had composed so far.

List of compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen Category: The technician at that recording was Ole B. What I think happened here is that Stockhausen’s manipulation of the elements unregulated by the mathematics as well as a fair share of “cheating” was done with so much panache that his stylistic and musical “personality” became a bit more important than the underlying mathematical break points.

TrillingSforzando manrra Werner Neumeister A thing that at first was a mystery to me concerned the sounds that do not appear to stem from the pianos. This mantar the diagram above in red. It amazes me to ponder the fact that a microscopic element, an incorporeal sperm, is able to fertilize another stockhauseh being, to generate a new complex being who contains a plentiful genetic inheritance.

The wooden percussive sounds stem from wood-blocks, scored too. The pitches are shown in the example to the right, and the complete formula can be seen at Nordin [n.