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Karlheinz Stockhausen


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(1928 – 2007)

Karlheinz Stockhausen (August 22, 1928 - December 5, 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He is known for his ground-breaking work in music, (controlled chance) in composition, and musical spatialization. He was educated at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and the University of Cologne, and later studied with Olivier Messiaen in Paris, and with Werner Meyer-Eppler at the University of Bonn. One of the leading figures of the Darmstadt School, his compositions and theories were and remain widely influential, not only on composers of art music, but also on and popular-music artists.

His works, composed over a period of nearly sixty years, eschew traditional forms. In addition to electronic music—both with and without live performers—they range from miniatures for musical boxes through works for solo instruments, songs, , and , to a cycle of seven full-length s. His theoretical and other writings comprise ten large volumes. He received numerous prizes and distinctions for his compositions, recordings, and for the scores produced by his publishing company.


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  • RussellChap

    where to start? I like electronics with a sense of progression, any ideas?

    19 Sep 10:20pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    A lot of this music is very bizarre, I like it a lot.

    12 Sep 12:54pm Reply
  • blowthemind

    Верните старое описание! :P

    28 May 4:58pm Reply
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  • TastyDogChow

    Helikopter-Streichquartett is fascinating.

    5 Mar 12:06am Reply
  • Jhaidinszaev

    "I like Stimmung, but not anything else I've heard from him. Where do I go next for something in any way similar of his?" <<< Welt-Parlament, from Mittwoch, is vaguely similar, but a good deal less "minimal". Still, it may have some appeal to minimalism fans. Stimmung is somewhat of an outlier in his work.

    21 Feb 9:44am Reply
  • Szamot97

    Wow, surprisingly famous, I'd say. Even more famous than Merzbow :O

    18 Feb 7:48pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    вот уж действительно, нью-эйдж-зануда. Кейдж рандомно творил такие же шедевры, только ЧСВ имел куда как меньшее.

    31 Jan 1:43pm Reply
  • kafkacamus

    массово и весело

    28 Jan 11:58am Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    Brilliant person. [3]

    28 Jan 4:28am Reply
  • Pluskoblyad

    Илитно и скучно

    26 Jan 8:16pm Reply
  • sputnikfloydwho

    Is there any other reason why someone would listen to this "artist" other than out of need to be seen as someone who listens Stockhausen?

    9 Jan 4:24pm Reply
  • DigiDan

    I like Stimmung, but not anything else I've heard from him. Where do I go next for something in any way similar of his? I'm heavily into Minimalism but not so much Serialism. Thanks for any suggestions.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • obsessed_nl

    Person. Music.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • I0000days

    Boring person. Brilliant music.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kelvius

    Brilliant person. [2]

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NoIZeFAQ

    Brilliant person.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bulletaurbulle

    talentless hack?

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • instinkst

    delightful thoughts about musiccraft !!!

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MattAzathoth

    @Metaknite I knew that someone would mention that! Lol.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
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