RIP- Karlheinz Stockhausen


More thoughts to follow. One of the most influential and controversial composers of the 20th Century has passed. You may not have loved his music, but we’re all poorer for living in an age of market-tested platitude-music without his uncompromising intensity to keep possibility alive.
Here is the story from the New York Times…

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “RIP- Karlheinz Stockhausen”

  1. composerbastard


    Lou Harrison…yes

    but….”Darmstink Delusional” Slockhausen??? hmmmm

  2. composerbastard

    “…By the 1990s, however, Mr. Stockhausen’s early luster was fading. Roger Scruton, a British philosopher and musicologist, derided him as “a pseudo-intellectual hippie-mystic with a liberating gift for creating utter nonsense….” hmmm…

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