Lithophonic Celan

“Zeitgehöft” – 697 Gedichte von Paul Celan, für Sonifizierungsalgorithmus

Celan’s work has ‘inspired’ many composers over the last fifty years, though this one reaches a rare conceptual strangeness. The composer — Johannes Kreidler —used chance procedures to determine a specific pitch for each letter in the oeuvre. The poems are separated by a half-second pause. This one involves the poems of the posthumous volume ZeitgehöftTimestead. The instrument used to perform the score is the  “Steinspiel,” the “Stone-play,” a percussion instrument originally made specifically for Carl Orff’s operas Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannus. “Shaped like a keyboard, it is an arrangement of stone bars, struck by beaters held in player’s hand.”

Published on Feb 23, 2013

Celan-Zyklus I.
Jedem Buchstaben ist eine per Zufall bestimmte Tonhöhe zugeordnet.
Zwischen jedem Gedicht ist eine halbsekündige Pause.
Am Steinspiel: Ada Lovelace

Kreidler 2013


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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

Comment on “Lithophonic Celan”

  1. My new wake up call! Honestly, how often would one listen to this end to end? It easily surpasses a “rare conceptual strangeness.” This orbits a planet not yet discovered. Pity I missed the video.

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