Extra-large oblong folio (452 x 637 mm). Loose in original publisher's light gray self-wrappers with ivory label titled in typescript within green border to upper, handstamped "Leihmaterial" [rental material] to lower margin. 34ff. printed on rectos only.
Scored for soprano, four choirs, and 13 instrumentalists.
Dye-line copy of the composer's manuscript, made available by Universal for rental ca. 1965-1972.
Wrappers worn. Bowed at central fold; minor creasing to center of lower margin throughout; small tear to first leaf repaired with archival tape.
Apparently unrecorded. The score was not published until 2008.
Momente, to text from the Bible's Song of Solomon, M. Bauermeister, Stockhausen etc., was first performed in Cologne on 21 May 1962; enlarged in 1964 and performed in Donaueschingen on 16 October 1965; and enlarged again in 1972 and performed in Bonn on 8 December 1972, with all performances conducted by Stockhausen.
"Momente ... lasted just over an hour in its provisional 1965 version; the completed ‘Europe’ version of 1972 (like the subsequent 1998 version) extends the piece to almost two hours. The tape composition Hymnen (1966–7) likewise lasts just under two hours (slightly longer when performed with soloists, or when the Dritte Region is performed with orchestra) ... Momente and Hymnen are the only ‘monumental’ works of the 1960s, in both scale and intent." Richard Toop in Grove Music Online.
Momente, composed in 1961-1962, was commissioned by West German Radio. It "exploits the 'feeling' rather than the 'thinking' aspects of music. The form is open and adjustable, the content richly composed. Stockhausen advises us to lose ourselves in each little paradise of sound as it occurs, not to worry about overall repetitional form ... The complexity of the score arises largely from Stockhausen's determination not to write out Momente, but to leave it open, flexible. But it must not be thought that this is improvisatory music. All the orderings and inserts must be fully arranged before the first rehearsal, but not necessarily by the composer." Harvey: The Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, p. 91.
"The leading German composer of his generation, [Stockhausen] was a seminal figure of the post-1945 avant garde. A tireless innovator and influential teacher, he largely redefined notions of serial composition, and was a pioneer in electronic music ..." Toop in Grove Music Online.
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