The Voice and its Double
The Voice and its Double
Listen to "Gesang der Jünglinge"

The room installation piece “Gesang der Jünglinge” (Song of the Youths) by the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) was premiered in 1956 in the concert hall of the Western German radio station (WDR) in Cologne in 1956. The reworked voices of a 12 year old boy and other sounds were distributed in the hall via five groups of speakers. The boy is singing words from the “Book of Daniel” in the Bible. There is no score for this musical experiment, but the sketches for the composition were published by the Stockhausen Foundation for Music in 2001.