Paul Hillier on Stimmung

Interesting article by Paul Hillier in the Guardian today on Stockhausen’s Stimmung, and working with the composer:

I felt the beginnings of a controlling hand taking over – a hand that I had seen at work before – making demands not only on musical issues (which the score left to the performers), but also requiring my guarantee that we would use cushions rather than chairs, even prescribing their size and shape.

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