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Stockhausen's Monumental Licht Cycle to Be Staged Complete in 2008

The European Centre for the Arts Hellerau in Dresden is planning the first ever complete staging of Karlheinz Stockhausen's monumental Licht cycle in 2008.

Licht ("Light")is possibly the most ambitious music theatre ever written, and has seven parts, each taking its name from a day of the week. It lasts about 29 hours in its entirety.

The closing scene, "Licht-Bilder" ("Light-Pictures") from the final Sonntag aus Licht, was completed on December 31, 2002 and is scheduled to have its world premiere on October 16 at this year's Donaueschingen Music Festival.

A 10-million-euro ($12 million) staging of all seven parts was being planned in time for the composer's 80th birthday in 2008. Licht will be staged in its entirety at Hellerau's Festspielhaus or festival theatre.

The search is now on to find sponsors for the ambitious project.


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