Karlheinz Stockhausen's 29-hour opera 'Licht' is considered the most radical, ambitious and impracticable composition in the history of music. The legendary and controversial composer's magnum opus - which features hundreds of musicians and includes several helicopters - was deemed logistically impossible and never staged in his lifetime.
This film recreates Stockhausen's musical universe through the Dutch National Opera's ambitious attempt to finally stage 'Licht' in 2019. As well as following behind-the-scenes of the fraught production, it examines the life of this singular, musical maverick, delving into his polyamorous lifestyle, his all-consuming creativity and his turbulent relationships.
Illuminating for fans and newcomers alike, Oeke Hoogendijk’s well-crafted and entertaining film is a brilliant insight into the life of a creative pioneer.
The screening on 29th Sept. will be followed by a Q&A with director Oeke Hoogendijk and John Constable, founding Principal Piano at London Sinfonietta. Hosted by multi-genre chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and music director Yshani Perinpanayagam.
More about London Sinfonietta:
One of the world's leading contemporary music ensembles, London Sinfonietta is committed to making new music. Since 1968, we have commissioned over 450 works and premiered hundreds more, experimenting and often working with artists from alternative disciplines and our audiences as creators and curators of events.
We believe that new music is relevant to all lives, enacting this through our sector-leading schools' programme Sound Out, and our free online Composition Challenges. Our annual London Sinfonietta Academy provides unparalleled training for young performers and conductors. Our recorded legacy includes our digital Channel, our participatory rhythm game Steve Reich's Clapping Music App (downloaded over 500,000 times), and a significant catalogue of recordings.
John Constable was principal pianist of the London Sinfonietta since its formation and is now Emeritus Principal. He is also principal harpsichordist of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He is a professor at the Royal College of Music, London.
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