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Licht Karlheinza Stockhausena — współczesny teatr sakralny?
Licht by Karlheinz Stockhausen — a contemporary sacred theatre?

Author(s): Agnieszka Draus
Subject(s): Music, History of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Licht is his seven-volume, and almost a thirty hour intertextual,intersemiotic, intermedia, interterritory, and, finally, intertextual stage work opus vitae.Acy-cle absorbing him for over one third of his active artistic life is a synthesis of both the topicsinteresting him for a longer period of time, and music solutions. It constitutes an interpreta-tion of not only the music language or an interopus style, but Stockhausen’s individual composing idiom. Important issues, volume of work, combination of links in the cycle —a heptalogy, as well as his contribution to many phases of the realization of the stage workincluding an interpretation of the composing style and personal worldview, inspired manyresearchers to look for often false analogies to the idea of Richard Wagner’s total work.Stockenhausen himself was asked many times about the type of references to the dramaticideas of the author of Tristan and Isolde. In his answers, he always paid attention to the sur-face nature of the analogies in question. He treats his heptalogy as an example of the realcontemporary opera Die zeitgenössische Oper. The paper makes an attempt to answer thequestion on what Licht is from the perspective of the text and music, but also a general mes-sage of the work.

  • Page Range: 62-72
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish