The title Stimmung can mean many things – tuning, mood, atmosphere, sound – and is derived from the German word ‘Stimme’: the voice. The different models can be performed in a prearranged order, or the order can be chosen at random.
Ben Parry, co-director of London Voices, has performed Stimmung many times, with the avant-garde vocal group Singcircle, with students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and with his own group Dunedin Consort at the 2002 Edinburgh International Festival. Stockhausen heard that performance, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and personally rang Parry to offer his congratulations.
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