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7 February 2019: The Great Rehearsals: Karlheinz Stockhausen


The Great Rehearsals: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Momente
Gérard Patris & Luc Ferrari, 1965-1966, 66 min
French & German with English subtitles
Introduced by Thurston Moore

Between 1965-1968 Luc Ferrari with his best friend Gérard Patris made a five-part series of documentaries for French television based on the concept of discussing the work of and/or working with composers he admired (including Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Edgar Varèse, Hermann Scherchen and Cecil Taylor) whilst in rehearsals. Filmed in Cologne during the rehearsals for the premiere of this monumental work Momente. The revealing rehearsal sequences with soprano Martina Arroyo and the WDR are interspersed with a rare, intimate conversation with Stockhausen, discussing his childhood, the tragic loss of his mother during the war, and the meaning of this work, inspired by love.

Thurston Moore is a musician – Founding member of Sonic Youth and recording collaboratorwith composers Takehisa Kosugi, Yoko Ono, Glenn Branca, Irmin Schmidt and many others. He is co-publisher of Luc Ferrari: Complete Works (Ecstatic PeaceLibrary/Omnibus, 2019)

Part of Stereo Spasms Festival, curated by Ecstatic Peace Library