The Phenomenology of LIGHT: an interpretation of Stockhausen's opera cycle drawing on Heidegger's Fourfold and Lacanian psychoanalysis
thesisposted on 06.06.2019 by IAN LAWRENCE PARSONS
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This thesis offers a new interpretation on the music and symbolism of the seven-part opera cycle LICHT (LIGHT), composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1977-2003. It is an interpretation that moves away from conventional theologically-oriented approaches and instead examines LICHT as commentary on the human search to understand the meaning and purpose of its existence. In doing this, the thesis draws on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and the psychoanalysis of Jacques Lacan, ultimately proposing LICHT as an optimistic representation of the human condition, continually growing through its ongoing search to reach and grasp that which lies beyond it.