Karlheinz Stockhausen, Saxophon (1977)

Saxophon is a duo for soprano saxophone and bongo that is a part of the score The Course of the Years of Tuesday from Light. Light is an enormous opera that contains within it seven full length operas, one for each day of the week. Saxophon appears in Tuesday night’s opera. It is a coldly theatrical work which features the soprano saxophone soloist, commented upon by an onlooking bongoist.

Karlheinz Stockhausen (born in Modarath, near Cologne, in 1928) is one of the most important figures of the 20th century avant-garde whose work has influenced generations of musicians and composers in both classical and jazz idioms. He has been extensively involved in the development of serial and aleatoric procedures, electronic composition, and new notational concepts. Many of his works also feature elaborate theatrical and spiritual elements. Stockhausen believes he is from a star called Sirius, which, when humans become more developed and music is the universal language, will be “the school and main centre of music and musical education.”


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