25 Hymnen (Anthems, 1966-67) by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Excerpted here from 26:47 to 31:08 and incorporating the continuous national anthem sections of USA, Deutschland, Kanada, Türkei, Schweiz, Glory Österreich and Schluss USA, the complete piece is the Pet Sounds of electronic music, possibly even more influential than Stockhausen’s earlier Gesang der Jünglinge. This pensive work represents the pinnacle of classic tape composition technique. At about two hours long, it elevated the stature of electronic music from that of a novel program break to an experience of operatic proportions. It also influenced a younger generation of German musicians in the early 1970s, spawning the genre of space music.
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