R.I.P. Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)


Karlheinz StockhausenBERLIN (AFP) — Acclaimed German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen has died at the age of 79 in Kuerten in western Germany, the Stockhausen Foundation announced on Friday.
The foundation said Stockhausen, considered one of the most important composers of the past century, died on Wednesday and would be buried in a cemetery in the forest outside the small town.
Stockhausen‘s earliest works were in the serialist style but he became known from the mid-1950s for his experiments with aleatoric technique, which leaves key elements during a musical performance to chance.
A true enfant terrible of contemporary music, he influenced everyone from the likes of Brian Eno to Bjork — and even appeared on the cover of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album.
His foundation said he composed a total of 362 individually performable works. …..
[ Here a PDF memorial booklet ]


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