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date: 08 July 2020

Dienstag aus Licht (‘Tuesday from Light’)locked

  • Richard Toop

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(‘Tuesday from Light’)

Opera in two acts, a greeting and a farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto; Leipzig, Leipzig Opera, 28 May 1993.

Dienstag is both the shortest opera in the Licht cycle (it comprises about two and a half hours of music), and the most stylistically discrepant one. Though it is chronologically the fourth opera in the cycle, the first act – Jahreslauf – is actually a marginally revised version of a work (Der Jahreslauf) composed in 1977, immediately before Stockhausen started work on Licht, and thus the only part of the opera not to be based on the tightly integrated melodic, rhythmic and formal structures that govern the rest of the work. Dienstag is also the first of the operas to focus on two central figures rather than one. Thematically, it represents the confrontation between Michael and Lucifer. In Act 1, this confrontation is somewhat artificially imposed on the pre-existing ...

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