Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Karlheinz Stockhausen
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Karlheinz Stockhausen was a German composer, acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He is most known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization.
Born August 22nd, 1928, in Mödrath, Germany - died December 5th, 2007, in Kürten-Kettenberg, Germany.

He studied with Martin at the Cologne Musikhochschule (1947-51), but the decisive stimulus came from his encounter with Messiaen's Mode de valeurs at Darmstadt in 1951. There he saw possibilities of long-range serial process which he pursued in Kreuzspiel (1951) and KontraPunkte (1952), both for piano-based ensemble. The latter piece was written during a period of study with Messiaen in Paris, and while there he made a first essay in electronic music.

On returning to Cologne he continued this activity, notably in Gesang der Jünglinge for vocal and synthesized sounds on tape (1956). At the same time, he pursued the ramifications of serial instrumental music.
In 1958 he made his first visit to the USA, and around this time his music became more relaxed, both in its density of events and in its notational exactitude.
This was partly a result of John Cage's influence; and partly it came from the experience of electronic music which suggested a different way of hearing.

His influence extended over a whole generation of European composers, including such contemporaries as Boulez and Berio.
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Karlheinz Stockhausen - Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical - IVe Concert 1956 album art Webern* / Nono* / Stockhausen* / Boulez* - Domaine Musical*, Pierre Boulez Webern* / Nono* / Stockhausen* / Boulez* - Domaine Musical*, Pierre Boulez - Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical - IVe Concert 1956 Vega France 1956 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Studie I / Studie II / Gesang Der Jünglinge album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Studie I / Studie II / Gesang Der Jünglinge Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1957 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds album art Boulez* / Stockhausen* - Robert Craft Boulez* / Stockhausen* - Robert Craft - Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds (Album, Comp) Columbia Masterworks US 1958 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze album art Luciano Berio - Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen - Karlheinz Stockhausen Luciano Berio - Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen - Karlheinz Stockhausen - Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze (Album) Vega France 1958 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Zyklus • Refrain / Transición II album art Karlheinz Stockhausen / Mauricio Kagel Karlheinz Stockhausen / Mauricio Kagel - Zyklus • Refrain / Transición II (Album) Time Records (3) US 1961 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gesang Der Jünglinge - Kontakte album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang Der Jünglinge - Kontakte (Album) Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1962 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontakte album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontakte (Album) WERGO, WERGO Germany 1964 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Mikrophonie I - Mikrophonie II album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Mikrophonie I - Mikrophonie II (Album) CBS US 1967 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - The New Music album art Karlheinz Stockhausen / Krzysztof Penderecki / Earle Brown / Henri Pousseur Karlheinz Stockhausen / Krzysztof Penderecki / Earle Brown / Henri Pousseur - The New Music (Album) RCA Victrola US 1967 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Complete Piano Music album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Complete Piano Music CBS UK 1967 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Momente - Version 1965 album art K. Stockhausen* Momente - Version 1965 (Album) Wergo Germany 1967 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontakte; Refrain album art Stockhausen* Kontakte; Refrain (Album) Candide US 1968 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Prozession album art Stockhausen* Prozession (Album) Candide France 1968 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - »Gruppen« Für 3 Orchester / »Carré« Für 4 Orchester Und 4 Chöre album art Karlheinz Stockhausen : Michael Gielen · Mauricio Kagel, Bruno Maderna, Andrzej Markowski, Karlheinz Stockhausen Karlheinz Stockhausen : Michael Gielen · Mauricio Kagel, Bruno Maderna, Andrzej Markowski, Karlheinz Stockhausen - »Gruppen« Für 3 Orchester / »Carré« Für 4 Orchester Und 4 Chöre (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1968 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Hymnen album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Hymnen (Album) Deutsche Grammophon UK 1969 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Discours II / Sequenza V / Solo Für Melodie-Instrument Mit Rückkopplung / Consecuenza album art Vinko Globokar, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlos Roqué Alsina Vinko Globokar, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlos Roqué Alsina - Discours II / Sequenza V / Solo Für Melodie-Instrument Mit Rückkopplung / Consecuenza (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Telemusik / Mixtur album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Telemusik / Mixtur (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Aus Den Sieben Tagen album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Aus Den Sieben Tagen (Album) Harmonia Mundi Japan 1969 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Le Piano Moderne album art Berio*, Boulez*, Krenek*, Dallapiccola*, Stockhausen* - David Burge Berio*, Boulez*, Krenek*, Dallapiccola*, Stockhausen* - David Burge - Le Piano Moderne (Album) CBS UK 1969 Sell This Version
SBR 610-B, J 467 Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontrapunkte, Klagegesang Auf Die Opfer Von Hiroshima, Aus Dem Epitaph Für Federico Garcia Lorca, Hi-kyò album art Karl Heinz Stockhausen*, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luigi Nono, Kazuo Fukushima Karl Heinz Stockhausen*, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luigi Nono, Kazuo Fukushima - Kontrapunkte, Klagegesang Auf Die Opfer Von Hiroshima, Aus Dem Epitaph Für Federico Garcia Lorca, Hi-kyò(LP) RCA Victor, Deutscher Schallplattenclub SBR 610-B, J 467 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
S 77230 Karlheinz Stockhausen - Mikrophonie I & II / Prozession album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Mikrophonie I & II / Prozession(2xLP + Box) CBS S 77230 France 1969 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Stimmung album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Stimmung (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Opus 1970 album art Karlheinz Stockhausen Opus 1970 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon UK 1970 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Klavierstücke IX & XI / Cinque Variazioni / Sequenza IV album art Stockhausen* - Berio* - Marie-Françoise Bucquet Stockhausen* - Berio* - Marie-Françoise Bucquet - Klavierstücke IX & XI / Cinque Variazioni / Sequenza IV (Album) Philips Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Festival Of Hits album art Stockhausen* Festival Of Hits (Comp, Album) Deutsche Grammophon Canada 1970 Sell This Version

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adgjmpsvy.28.31.34

April 15, 2018
edited 8 months ago
Let's try to take off the mask . . .

with regard to Karlheinz Stockhausen's sometimes asserted 'enfant terrible' identity.

Let's take, for example, Stockhausen's
Fifth Piano Piece (what a radical title, how unconservative): It is as lovely and pleasant
as could be.

Elizabeth Klein's suggestion of frost pictures,
I take as an in vivo nominance, and consider it official.

She appears to me to be (along with Yukiko Kojima, regarding Akira Miyoshi) rightfully pressing the creative (perhaps overly proscriptive) master's "objective" instructions, to their more comlily obedient stature.

Frost Pictures (Piano Piece Five)

In Elizabeth Klein's hands,
a satisfying sounding of magic,
for a Winter Evening's Gatherance.

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Performances On Disk
In Subjective Order Of
Acoustical Easiness

Frost Pictures
Stockhausen's Fifth Piano Piece
(aus Nr. 4 (Opus 4), Klavierstuck V)

Elisabeth Klein (track 4)
Bernhard Wambach (track 5)
Herbert Henck (track 5)
Steffen Schleiermacher (track 11)
Aloys Kontarsky (track 5)
David Tudor (the dedicatee) *

Notice the dedicatee realised
the most acoustically difficult performance.

These are all on CD. I provide the track number because Stockhausen decided to preceed his pieces with an opus number pertaining to his private notions, rather than their public publishedness.

Thus, it would appear to me, to be an undoing of the purpose of an opus number all together. Presuming, of course, that to be the identification of the piece, rather than some other mystical consideration.

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Frost Pictures would be a good
introduction to the work of
Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Therefore, here are some
comments on the six
Compact Discs listed above:

Elizabeth Klein
(difficult to find)

Bernhard Wambach
(weak tracking)
(I thought this problem was
supposed to go away with vinyl)
(you will probably not have trouble if your equipment is not subject to vibration ... this condition held for multiple copies)

Herbert Henck
(muffled sound)

Steffen Schleiermacher
(score reader's choice)

Aloys Kontarsky
(the booklet is Stockhausen's little personal diary of the experience of the making of the recording with Kontarsky, it does not discuss the music at all, but nevertheless is of interest)

David Tudor
(physically difficult to listen to)

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Caveat:
My audio equipment is inexpensive.

hinterkaifeck97

hinterkaifeck97

October 17, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
The man who made me understand that as long as it's sound, an artist can do what they want with it. Piecing together sounds and such into an array of diverse musical oddities, he remains one of the more unique in the electronic world. Honestly, if you have any interest what so ever in the history of experimental, avant-garde, or electronic music, Stockhausen is still one of the best choices.

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