In Hymnen (Region III), Karlheinz Stockhausen turns national anthems into raw material that he subjects to electronic modulation and transformation. On 23 June, Peter Rundel and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will perform this work alongside a series of new pieces as part of the Festival Manifeste together with IRCAM and the young musicians of the ULYSSES Ensemble.
Stockhausen explained his work as follows: “National anthems are the most well-known pieces of music imaginable. Everyone knows the anthem of their own country, and perhaps those of several others, at least how they begin. When you integrate well-known music in a piece of unknown new music, it is particularly obvious how they have been integrated – whether they are untransformed, more or less transformed, transposed, modulated etc. The more obvious the what, the easier it is to perceive the how.”
In the concert, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will incorporate members of the ULYSSES ensemble in their ranks. As well as the performance of Hymnen, the two ensembles will collaboratively introduce the work of young composers taking part in the Manifeste Akademie.