Zyklus in action

Year 9 were thrown into the deep end of experimental music when they were given a page from a real aleatoric score to interpret. Stockhausen composed Zyklus in 1959 for solo percussionist and the title of the piece is reflected in the fact that there is no set starting point. The player may begin anywhere and read from the score anyway up, even backwards – the score is in fact spiral bound to facilitate this.

fb03576e8c7958397e935a024899334e 2They rose to the challenge admirably and with real imagination. Here’s a sample page from the score and below you can listen to how they turned the graphics into musical sound: