Wednesday, January 27, 2010
He designed it himself. I don’t know what the image on the back is (upper photo), but on the front is some of the generating material for Licht, his extraordinary series of seven operas, one for every day of the week, with a quote from the text of the closing scene of Mittwoch (Wednesday), the really mad one that features the Helicopter String Quartet. Yes, a string quartet playing in helicopters. Separately.
I’m a Stockhausen fan, and love the three of his operas I have on CD, but I have to admit that even by his standards this piece is really barking. You can see a bit of it here: