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Top 5 Stockhausen Pieces to work out to

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Face it, most gym-goers these days can’t make through a workout without listening to music. It pumps you up, pushes you to the limit, and motivates you to run that extra mile. But how do you choose your favorite jams to work out to?
To save you some trouble, the team here has selected five catchy Stockhausen Klavierstuke. We even went so far as to design a perfect workout regime around those pieces for all body types. Those five classics of integral serialism will be a great addition to your playlist, and will help you follow your program. You’ll be strutting that amazing body you’ve always wanted in no time!
1) Klavierstuck I
The beginning cardio is very important for every work out – you have to get your blood flowing, and the first Klavierstuck is ideal for your warm up routine. It will be a good idea to start off with a light jog on the treadmill, picking up the pace with each iteration of the alternating hexacords. Then, about two thirds into the track, you will hear a twelve-note chord comprising all eleven intervals smaller than an octave – this is the point where you would accelerate into a full-on sprint until the final G-flat decays into the abyss.
2) Klavierstuck III
Researches show that short burtsts of intense exercise are just as effective as longer less intense work outs, and the third Klavierstuck is the best for that operation, since it lasts only 30 seconds. Try the stationary bike and pretend you’re on Tour de France, while Stockhausen treats you to his three chromatic tetrachords and gets your quads pumping the pedals like mad.
3) Klavierstuck IV
This piece consists of two contrapuntal voices distinguished by opposite dynamic intensities, which makes it a great track for kickboxing practice! Just imagine it – every soft note equals a punch, the loud notes – earn a kick. The interesting part comes when the voices tangle up in the middle – which means a quick series of jab, hook, side kick, uppercut, roundhouse, backfist, knee thrust, elbow strike, repeat!
4) Klavierstuck X
This 25-minute piece is as if composed with a gym routine. Stockhausen requires you to wear the same kind of fingerless gloves needed for weight training, as he does if you want to execute his many tone clusters and cluster-glissandi. Your work out will be focused on the seven big muscle groups of the upper body – delts, chest, traps, lats, triceps, biceps and abs – each has a corresponding major section in the tenth Klavierstuck. There is an array of other musical parameters organized around the series in a magnitude of 7 1 3 2 5 6 4, which should match the number of repetitions sets completed for each muscle group. If you want to one up just a little bit – try holding a plank at each silence. This will sensibly increase your productivity along with improve your ear for serialized rests and help strengthen your core.
5) Klavierstuck XI
As a grand finale of this magnificent work of a training, you have to wrap it up with a stretch. It is important that you use Stockhausen’s eleventh Klavierstuck, which will help you maintain focus and even have some fun while you cool down. It consists of 19 fragments and you can play them in whatever order you choose. Pair them with a different stretch and hold – and voila, you have exactly the needed time of each, before the fragment changes. Try listening to a new recording every time, so that you spice things up. To begin with, you might wanna begin with Bernhard Wamback, Herbert Henck, David Tudor, Aloys Kontarky and Elisabeth Klein’s visions of the piece.

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