Zodiac 2010

Works from a master of 20th century music


Experience the zodiac through the unique ears of the legendary Karlheinz Stockhausen. Comprised of twelve sublime melodies, Tierkreis (Zodiac) has been described as the Für Elise of Stockhausen due to its immediately memorable and affectionate quality. Tierkreis was originally written for specially-designed music boxes in the children’s theatre piece Musik im Bauch (Music in the Belly). The child-like simplicity of the work, however, belies elaborately crafted musical formulae that capture the different character-types of the Zodiac. Tierkreis is not written for specific instruments but has to be ‘assembled’ for every new performance. Each melody is like a piece of DNA – a magical set of relationships between pitches and rhythms – that can grow into innumerable forms.

First completed in 1975, Stockhausen created many realisations of Tierkreis including one on the eve of his death in 2007. This beautiful work now lives a life of its own with versions ranging from rich orchestrations to the lonely purity of Japanese singing bowls. Ensemble Offspring’s striking arrangement features a colourful assortment of instruments including one of the original music boxes from whence the whole work began.

The Sydney performance of Tierkreis is complemented works by Giacinto Scelsi, Larry Polansky and our people’s choice winner from the Sydney Conservatorium, Marcus Whale. Ensemble Offspring – unearthing a fresh new sound from Sydney’s future generation of composers alongside the giant stature of Karlheinz Stockhausen.



Giacinto Scelsi – Ko Lho
Larry Polansky – Ensembles of Note
Mitchell Huckstepp – Oscillation

Karlheinz Stockhausen – Tierkreis
 (arranged by Ensemble Offspring)
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Karlheinz Stockhausen – Tierkreis
 (arranged by Ensemble Offspring)
student works by Mitchell Huckstepp, Daniel Manera, Helana Czajka, Stphen Rozanc, Natalie Unwalla, Laura Altman & Marcus Whale


Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Bree van Reyk (percussion & accordion)

Past Performances

Brisbane Judith Wright Centre, 7.30pm Thursday October 28th, 2010
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Recital Hall East, 8pm, Friday 29th October, 2010

Media & Acclaim

“This was a beautifully curated concert, the material well balanced and standard chamber music conventions interrogated.”

RealTime Arts