New Stockhausen Piece “Balance” Premiered in Cologne

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Since his untimely death last year, several new pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen have been premiered posthumously. Yesterday night, the newest of these premieres was given in the Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal at the WDR in Cologne. The composition is part of the larger cycle KLANG which was to contain 24 pieces for each hour of the day. “Balance” is the piece for the seventh hour of the day.

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KLANG – 7. STUNDE: BALANCE (2007) für Bassklarinette, Englischhorn, Flöte (World Premiere)

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This excerpt features the first section of the 30 minute piece.


11 comments for “New Stockhausen Piece “Balance” Premiered in Cologne”

  1. Who were the performers? Was the piece performed by memory? I tried to find more information on but they don’t give the names of the performers.

    Posted by Jean-François Charles | August 26, 2008, 11:39 am
  2. I couldn’t find their names either, so I went back to my recording and tried to understand what the presenter said. I can’t guarantee for the spelling, but here is what I understood:
    Martin Fahlenbock, flute
    Jaime Gonzalez, oboe
    Shizuyo Oka, bass clarinet

    What do you think about the music and their performance?

    Posted by Matthias Röder | August 26, 2008, 12:20 pm
  3. This is a trio freom ensemble recherche. They will perform it again tomorrow at the ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

    Posted by ULTIMA, Head of Information, Beate Styri | October 7, 2008, 8:38 pm
  4. Thank you, Beate, for posting this information. I will put it on the fornt page.

    Posted by Matthias Röder | October 7, 2008, 8:56 pm
  5. Hi, this is a great opening 8 minutes of ‘Balance’ from Klang.

    Is anybody perhaps in a position to post the entire work somewhere ?

    many thanks, Mark

    Posted by Mark Stratford | October 8, 2008, 2:11 pm
  6. The whole of Stockhausen’s Balance can be downloaded here. It’s free to create a login name and the MP3 file should be available for another 6 days. Mark>

    Posted by Mark Stratford | October 10, 2008, 2:38 pm
  7. Plus a KhS photo I hadn’t seen before.
    Apparently photos were banned at the ceremony, so somebody might have taken it secretly:

    Posted by Mark Stratford | October 12, 2008, 3:33 pm
  8. Hello
    could someone post the whole version on the website again?

    Posted by Langsse88 | October 26, 2008, 4:18 am
  9. Dear Mark Stratford

    could you please send me the complete Balance piece ?

    thank you

    Posted by homero | March 27, 2009, 8:37 am
  10. my correct e-mail

    Posted by homero | March 27, 2009, 8:38 am
  11. Beautiful!

    Posted by Jason | March 14, 2010, 8:08 pm

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