henning christiansen requiem of art fluxorum organum opus II 50 penultimate press

Henning Christiansen

Requiem Of Art Fluxorum Organum II Opus 50

, Penultimate Press, 2016


Henning Christiansen was a Danish composer, born in Copenhagen in 1932 and died in 2008. He is one of the most respectful artists, composers and performers, known for his involvement in the Fluxus movement. Henning Christiansen’s music is an unusual proposition. A radical artist that used various uncommon technique like free improvisation, field recordings, etc filtered with his very unique and personal way. He has collaborated with Ben Patterson, Nam June Paik, Christophe Charles and Keith Rowe. His meeting with Joseph Beuys was his most fruitful period. They worked together in various projects, sharing common ideas in performance as a way of liberation.

In 1973 was first issued his ‘Requiem of Art Fluxorum Organum II Opus 50′ by Edition Schellmann as a split 2LP with‘Schottische Symphonie’ by Joseph Beuys. Both sides of this re-issue include a collage-like composition, using organum, spoken words and field recordings taken by the collective film “The Search”, that was made in 1969 in Jutland, Denmark. Christiansen managed to present us a deeply hypnotic soundtrack and one of his most characteristic piece of music, that was firstly presented during the performance Gets Art exhibition at the Strategy festival, in August 21, 1970. This great archival work is highly recommended, as for me, this composition and his Symphony Natura (Slowscan, 2006) are the most exciting and characteristic samples of his work!

Requiem Of Art Fluxorum Organum II Opus 50 was re-issued by Penultimate Press. We are very happy to distribute this LP in moremars very soon.

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