Karlheinz Stockhausen / Carlus Padrissa Karlheinz Stockhausen/Carlos Padrissa/
Roland Olbeter/Franc Aleu

[Music]

Michael's Journey Around the Earth is the central act of Donnerstag, from Licht, the opera to which Stockhausen devoted twenty-one years of his life.
The main protagonist is the trumpet, requiring a virtuoso performance. Stopping at seven points on the globe, Michael encounters musicians disguised as penguins, clowns, swallows, and ultimately Eve, played by the basset-horn.