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date: 04 July 2020

Mittwoch aus Licht (‘Wednesday from Light’)locked

  • Richard Toop

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(‘Wednesday from Light’)

Opera in four scenes, a greeting and a farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto. As yet (2007) unstaged as a whole, but all individual parts have been given semi-staged performances:

The sixth part of the Licht cycle to be composed, Mittwoch was originally intended to be the only opera within the cycle in which the three main protagonists (Eve, Lucifer, Michael) came together, in a spirit of momentary cooperation. Yet in the event, none of these main figures appears in literal form, though Eve and Lucifer are represented by ‘emanations’ (clearly related characters), and Michael’s name, at least, is invoked throughout the first and last scenes. Instead, each scene of Mittwoch has some form of collaboration as its central theme. In the outer scenes, almost uniquely in Stockhausen’s work, this collaboration is political, in a parliamentary sense; in the inner ones, it is more specifically musical....

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