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Friday, December 7, 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)

posted by on December 7 at 10:52 AM

One of the bravest, boldest composers of the 20th century has died. I first heard about Stockhausen’s passing on a tiny listserv and just couldn’t believe it. Alas, now The Guardian and the BBC have the official word, though Ivan Hewitt’s obituary, much like his misguided reading of the avant garde in Music: Healing the Rift, misses the mark.

Earlier this March, I wrote a Turn You On column about the great composer. To my surprise and eternal delight, I eventually heard that Stockhausen was immensely pleased with the piece. My tribute is hardly complete and neglects to address Stockhausen’s contributions to improvised music, opera, and music notation; I also omitted his far-reaching influence as a teacher, but Stockhausen merits a book, not a blurb.

My favorite book on the man is by the man himself: Stockhausen on Music.

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"The early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on we really swing."

You will be missed..

R.I.P.

Posted by elektro | December 7, 2007 11:58 AM

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