London: Universal Edition [PN U.E. 13117 LW], 1963, ©1960.
Small oblong folio (226 x 306 mm). Original publisher's ivory printed wrappers. , 32 pp.
From the collection of noted musicologist Stanley Boorman, with his signature verso of upper wrapper and occasional analytical notes in pencil and ink.
Wrappers somewhat worn and detached; note in ink to upper.
First Edition, second issue. Maconie, p. 57.
Kreuzspiel is scored for a small ensemble of oboe, bass clarinet, piano, and 3 percussionists playing tomtoms, congas, and suspended cymbals. The work was first heard in a broadcast in 1951, and Stockhausen conducted a concert premiere in Darmstadt, 21 July 1952.
Kreuzspiel (Cross-play) is one of Stockhausen's early works that begins to show characteristics of his emerging style. The composer acknowledged this himself in later years by assigning fractional numbers to substantial works that came before his self-identified "Nr. 1" (Kontra-Punkte, 1953). Kreuzspiel is designated "Nr. 1/7" in his catalog.
"Stockhausen describes this music as an example of dramatic form, in the classical sense of a developmental process governed by the arrow of time: a movement of pitches from the extremes to the center of the keyboard, where the brittle, 'static' sounds of the piano come alive in the expressive, breathing tones of the oboe and clarinet." Maconie, p. 57.
"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 ... " Richard Toop in Grove Music Online.
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