I know Stockhausen well (so many of today's composers who are branded 'new-ish' (a fallacy) just rip off stuff he already tried (and mostly failed) .. anyhow .. I like some bits from LICHT, but it's very, very over-indulgent, way over-long and in a lot of cases really, really boring.
Well just like Wagner and other highly ambitious composers, you can't expect EVERYTHING to hold your interest in such a giant work. It has a few less interesting scenes here and there for me (the ones that sounds too much like Sirius) but as a whole, I absolutely love Licht. Granted, I can't listen to it every day or every week, but regularly enough.
I don't really believe there's anything as over-indulgent personally, all art is either to indulged in it's own feelings (songwriter music, romantic music etc.), concepts, philosophies, experiments or theory anyway, and to write music that isn't invested in by the creator of the art is kinda lacks a sense of legitimacy right? half-assed music?
But Stockhausen was really invested and essentially living in the world he was creating, quite remarkable!
That's all beside the point, Licht has it's breathtaking moments and then it has it's lesser moments but I still love it very much