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The Sound Barrier: Sunday, 24 December 2017

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All of tonight's programme is devoted to selections from Karlheinz Stockhausen's 24-part piece for solo piano, NATÜRLICHE DAUERN (NATURAL DURATIONS), the third part of his cycle KLANG (SOUND). The playlist lists the number of the piece and its duration. All are played by Duccio Beverini and all, except for NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 22, were recorded at a live concert of the complete work at the Sala Liszt, Potenza, Italy on 13th November 2016. NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 22 was recorded live in Kürten at the Aula of the Kürten Gesamtschule on 16 December 2017 as part of my interview with Duccio, which is also played in tonight's show.

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 1 | 12:00

Interview with Duccio Beverini (part one)

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 2 | 13:30

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 3 | 9:46

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 5 | 6:11

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 7 | 2:53

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 12 | 3:29

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 18 | 3:46

Interview with Duccio Beverini (part two)

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 22 | 6:33

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 23 | 5:10

NATÜRLICHE DAUERN 24 | 15:10

Don't forget to read the blog if you would like to learn more about the music played on tonight's show, along with some of my thoughts about it.

Tis the season for the duration of time

After four weeks away, when The Sound Barrier was in the amazing hands of Evan Carr and Adrian Meade, and I was in Kürten, the earthly centre of the Stockhausen universe, I will be returning this coming Sunday night with another, and rather timely, edition of the show.

At 10 PM til midnight (AEDT), this weekend's show will, of course, see in Christmas Day. It's a day that is not always as much fun for everyone that the commercial messages surrounding it suggest it should be, so I thought I would mark the occasion, if occasion it be, with a recognition of something that tends to be perhaps an even more ubiquitous part of the Christmas period than the seemingly mandatory jollity and goodwill to all mankind: an awareness of the passing of time. We think about it in the inevitable discussions about how quickly this time of year has come around yet again, about how quickly our lives are passing before us, sometimes without us really knowing why or how we are living them. It can be an alarming time for a lot of people.

So, on this week's edition of The Sound Barrier I am going to be bringing you a piece that gives us a different insight into the passing of time – a more contemplative perspective, a perspective that reminds us that time passes in its own way, at its own pace, and that perhaps the most valuable way of all to deal with that is to sit back and hear it, to allow ourselves to sink into the pace at which it moves, and to let it take us with it. To listen to the passing of time.

The piece is, of course, by Stockhausen. It is called NATÜRLICHE DAUERN (NATURAL DURATIONS), a set of 24 pieces for solo piano, the third part of Stockhausen's final musical cycle, KLANG (SOUND).

I will be bringing you a selection of pieces from NATÜRLICHE DAUERN, as well as an interview with one of the very few pianists to take on this huge and extraordinary work, Duccio Beverini, in an interview that I recorded with him while in Kürten. I'll be playing some of Duccio's own performances, including one of the pieces that he played at Kürten, especially for The Sound Barrier. Duiccio explains and demonstrates how NATÜRLICHE DAUERN works musically, how it examines the role of duration in music, as well as talking about what all of this offers both for performers and audiences – a divide that in many ways breaks down in this piece, where the role of the pianist as listener is vitally integrated into the role of player.

I hope you can join me this Sunday night at 10 PM (AEDT) on PBS, where you can listen locally at 106.7 on Melbourne's FM band or PBS Digital, or from anywhere in the world, live via the PBS app or here on the website. The show is also available to listen back to, as an audio archive, shortly after it has gone to air.

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