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Helmut Lachenmann


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Lachenmann was born in Stuttgart. He studied piano with Jürgen Uhde and composition and theory with Johann Nepomuk David at the Stuttgarter Musikhochschule from 1955 to 1958 and was the first private student of Luigi Nono in Venice from 1958 to 1960. From Nono, he acquired the belief that music should aim to serve a message of social relevance. He also worked briefly at the electronic music studio at the University of Ghent in 1965, but thereafter focused almost exclusively on purely instrumental music.

His music has often been called musique concrète instrumentale, a term that the composer originated, which implies music that imitates electronic sounds through instrumental means. According to the composer, this is music “in which the sound events are chosen and organized so that the manner in which they are generated is at least as important as the resultant acoustic qualities themselves. Consequently those qualities, such as timbre, volume, etc., do not produce sounds for their own sake, but describe or denote the concrete situation: listening, you hear the conditions under which a sound- or noise-action is carried out, you hear what materials and energies are involved and what resistance is encountered”. His music is therefore primarily derived from the most basic of sounds, which through processes of amplification serve as the bases for extended works. His scores place enormous demands on performers, due to the plethora of techniques that he has invented for wind, brass and string instruments.


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  • Antiquesphere


    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    no need to be

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • progtrance7

    just got 'got lost' for soprano and piano. very risky piece but helmut is all about taking risks. unlike that institutionalized crap like late carter and rihm. sorry guys.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    jhaidinszaev don't you mean the reverse

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Jhaidinszaev

    listening to lachenmann on record is like fucking a picture of your girlfriend

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mahleria

    Most people don't even have a proper stereo at home. What a horrible time to be alive.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • nysynecdoche

    lol who the fuck listens to music through computer speakers, specially classical music. i need to check this guy btw.

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mattimeus

    is that seriously dancing queen at the end of les consolations?

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mattimeus

    yeah im into art. totally. something that sits there and does nothing. fuck i love art.[2]

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    yeah im into art. totally. something that sits there and does nothing. fuck i love art.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Killer_Artist

    The usual suspects, I see.

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mahleria

    Listening through computer speakers is not recommended.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • wkn

    He is a genius but I find his music demands an excellent sound system to fully materialize.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mattimeus

    the string quartets are tight as hell

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • progtrance7


    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    didn't think much of him before. great string quartets on first listen thought

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • faceofanother

    falling very quickly in love with this man. guero is rad

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • IAmKing

    Fantastic composer. Pression is genius.

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
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