Instrumenation orchestral works

Instrumentation Works for Orchestra

Stockhausen Complete Edition on CD

Since 1991, a complete edition of all recordings in which Karlheinz Stockhausen has personally participated is being released on compact discs. Each CD in this series is identified by Stockhausen's signature followed by an encircled number. The numbers indicate the general historical order of the works.
Stockhausen realised the electronic music and participated in these recordings as conductor, performer, sound projectionist, and musical director. He personally mixed down the recordings, mastered them for CDs, wrote the texts and drew the covers.

  • The compact discs may be obtained from the Stockhausen-Verlag: Kettenberg 15, 51515 Kuerten, Germany (www.stockhausenCDs.com).

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Instrumentation Works for Orchestra


4   flutes (1st and 2nd also play piccolo, 3rd also plays alto flute)
4   oboes
4   clarinets
3   bassoons
1   contrabassoon
4   horns (all are F / double horns)
3   trumpets (each has straight mute, cup mute, wawa mute)
4   trombones (or 3 trombones and l additional horn)
(1st trombone with F valve attachment)
1   tuba
2  glockenspiels (with pedal)
light beaters (wood or wood with leather, hard beaters starting from bar 107 )
and 1 set of hanging glass chimes,
5 different triangles hung next to each other, connected by thin threads:
1   set of sound plates (or plate bells)
If no plate bells are available, one must assemble a chromatic scale with gongs
and tam-tams.
1   piano
1   celesta
1st   violins

one music stand for each player
2nd   violins
double basses

As one can see from the score, the usual amplification of the 1st violins is not necessary.
The 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas and cellos should be heard as equally loud whenever the same dynamic level is indicated.
String instrumentations such as:
8-8-8-6-6 or 10-10-8-6-6
are possible.

During the sections with repetition brackets, the strings may be reduced and the dynamic level proportionally raised, if the sound texture is not sufficiently transparent.

One may also perform this piece with 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,
1 contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, and tuba. When this is the case, only the lst and 2nd parts are played.

Duration: approx. 15 minutes.

JUBILÄUM – Errata in the Score

Page 27: Tp. 1–3 and Hn. 2-4: tempo change from = 160 to =120 should start one triplet earlier.
Bar 18, Bassoon: notation error: in the last triplet there is one beam too many.
Bar 78, Horn I: notation error: a beam is missing in the last 4 notes of the bar.