Introduction

FIVE STAR SIGNS
for orchestra

is a new version of VIRGO,
LIBRA,
SCORPIO,
SAGITTARIUS,
CAPRICORN

from the ZODIAC cycle.

It was composed in 2004, commissioned by the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra (Bad Brückenau) on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Ulf Klausenitzer conducted the world première on November 28th 2004 at the King Ludwig I hall of the national spa.

The instrumentation is:

flute (also piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon,

horn, trumpet, trombone,

harp, a percussionist,

1st violins (for example 4), 2nd violins (for example 4),

violas (for example 3), violoncelli (for example 2).

In the hope that an increasing number of orchestra musicians want to demonstrate their personal talent, I have written these special STAR SIGNS.

Karlheinz Stockhausen in July 2004