Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FTRK #19 = "Klavierstück IX" by Karlheinz Stockhausen (Performed by Patricia Von Blumröder)


Klavierstück IX - Karlheinz Stockhausen (1962,1995)
(As performed by Patricia Von Blumröder, translates from German to "Piano Piece 9")

I personally feel that my insight in terms of the musical structure will not do justice for the music, because it literally takes a musical genius to interpret it fully. The song is not made to follow musical tradition, and certainly will turn away the ears of those just looking for a "solid jam". However, out of my personal interest in the music...

Klavierstück IX is a contemporary, experimental song, performed on piano. It passes through stages of 142/8, 87/8, 42/8, and 32/8 time signatures, with blunt chords, bleak arpeggis, and soft tones, which mould together beautifully to create an atmosphere of a tragety. Restlessness, the sound of mice moving across the floor, the feeling of resentment after an error gradually developing, but not necessarially building in intensity. A depiction of such an emotional feeling is difficult to grasp, yet is done so with Stockhausen's velvet-like composition.

Further Listening:
The Klavierstück Series on Wikipedia

Recommended:
Experimental Classical Music or Doom Metal

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