Freude (Joy) for two harps by Karlheinz Stockhausen
- 6 April 2019, 14.00 hrs, Noorderkerk Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 29 July 2019, Stockhausen Kurse für Musik, Küthen, Germany
Since last year Miriam is officiel performer of FREUDE for two harps by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Together with Marianne Smit, for whoom the piece was written in 2006 she played during the Bologna Festival and at the Stockhausen Memorial Concert at his former living place in Kürten.
Watch the video of their performance in december:
- Review in the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, December 20, 2017:
Freude (Joy) is one of the last works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928- 2007). In the 40-minute piece, Stockhausen combines two diatonic harps into one chromatic instrument. The fact that the harpists double as vocalists completes the synergy.
Freude premiered in 2006 in the Duomo of Milan and has since been performed at many great venues, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Freude was also nominated for ‘Best performance’ for the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards.
Marianne worked closely with Stockhausen to bring the work to completion. In the notes accompanying the score, Stockhausen wrote that he enjoyed the many months of composing so much, that he changed the original title Pfingsten (Pentecost) into Freude (Joy).