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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Human Scale: either end of the SCALE2

25th February 2017, 19:30, Durham Town Hall, Concert performed by Ives Ensemble and Forum Neue Vokalmusik

Ives Ensemble

Forum Neue Vokalmusik

Programme: Anton WebernSechs Bagatellen, opus 9
Helmut LachenmannToccatina
György KurtágHommage à Mihaly Andras: 12 Microludien
Karlheinz StockhausenStimmung

The second evening in “either end of the SCALE” promises to be a truly magical evening with the world-renowned vocal sextet Forum Neue Vokalmusic, performing Stimmung, one of the iconic compositions of the sixties by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Written in 1968, this 80-minute work is a meditation on overtones. “Stimmung implies not only the outward tuning of voices or instruments, but also the inward tuning of one’s soul. When people feel in tune with one another they are said to be in a good Stimmung. And of course its root syllable suggests Stimme: voice.” Another translation of the word “Stimmung” is mood. Among the moods that inspired Stockhausen were the experience of ancient Mexican ruins and the view of a frozen and snow-covered fjord in Connecticut, the place where Stimmung was composed. Spoken elements form an important ingredient: detached words, magic names of Gods from various cultures, and Stockhausen's own passionately erotic love poems. Preceded by three masterpieces for strings that are as subtle as they are short, this evening will be a truly spiritual and uplifting musical experience.

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1 Festival passe-partout: £25, students £10 Box Office: Department of Music, Durham Tel: 0191 33 43140 Or online at:

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