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Karlheinz Stockhausen, his stature, and a recent performance of his work, "Freude for two harps and voices."

Now, only a few years after Stockhausen's death, we can recognize his stature as the greatest composer of the second half of the twentieth century, and the beginning of the 21st.

Here is a fairly recent performance of his late work,

Freude for two harps and voices

(performed live by Milana Zarić and Gorana Ćurgus
Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, April 2015)


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That is a beautifully finished stage.

Concerning his stature, I've overheard that he's at the shortest he's been in years.

as exciting a performance as this is, I still prefer the Klingon version.

May the farce be with you.

Permit me to thank Dave, Kristofer E. and roger stancill for their replies.  I can't reply to every word, but I will to select phrases within the sentences that you have written.  


Dave said,


1.   "That is a ..."


I am very gratified you think it is.


2.   "Concerning his stature, I've overheard ..."


I wondered why you used the word "overheard."


So it looked it up: 


Overhear-  "hear (someone or something) without meaning to or without the knowledge of the speaker."


If you didn't mean to hear, I wonder why you did.  Additionally, if you heard without the knowledge of the speaker, I wonder why you did that, too.  It sounds a bit like eavesdropping. 


3.  "as exciting a performance as this is"


I am glad you found it exciting.


4.  "I still prefer the Klingon version."


This IS the Klingon version.  It's just been translated from Klingon to Vulcan, then Romulan, and fed through a universal translater so we could hear it in German, Latin and English.


But there is no version other than this Klingon one.


5.  "he's at his shortest."


In his spirit form, he expands and contracts periodically, has phases like the Moon and Venus, and he moves closer to the Earth and further away from Earth (from perigee to apogee) at periodic intervals. 


This is exemplified in his tone poem/oratorio "Sirius."

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