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Dack, John

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s {Kontakte} and Narrativity


Sunday 4 September 2005, by Pierre Couprie

The author investigates the narrative potential of Stockhausen’s work. First, he defines how a narrative can be applied to music, including traditional music, through the temporal organisation of the listening experience. Then he explains the ultimate aim of Kontakte: making contact between two sound worlds, electronic and instrumental. He develops this concept through four criteria: composition in the musical time continuum, the decomposition of sound, composition of several layers in space and equality of musical sounds and noise. He concludes with his ideas concerning the humanist contribution of the concept of narrative in twentieth century music listening.

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