At NEC, six hours of Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen at Old Billingsgate Mark...
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A recent Stockhausen performance is reviewed.

At just after 3 p.m. on a Sunday, Vic Rawlings begins to “play a rhythm in the vibration of his body.” He’s only following directions, those of the late German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, whose “Verbindung” (“Connection”) gives that instruction. What does it mean? Rawlings interprets it as a low guttural scrape across the tailpiece of an amplified cello.

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