Articles tagged 'Stockhausen'
The zeitkratzer troupe gathered in Slovenia and Croatia to execute structured improvisations motivated by Stockhausen’s baffling instructions.
I’ve been dipping into this fluent sampler between more difficult stuff, enjoying Halffter’s compact brightness and Santinelli’s flair and execution.
As a sometime electroacoustic practitioner, I listened to this set as other than as critic. While all composers are critics, the obverse is not necessarily true — a discussion for another day.
Compared to his previous compositions, Ferneyhough’s Shadowtime is easy going. It’s almost as if his California tenure exposed him too thoroughly to Desperate Housewives and American Idol.
I was way pleased when the Grammys gave George Crumb’s Star-child the honors for Best Contemporary Composition of 2000.
Stockhausen has historicised himself: very little of his work since embarking upon Licht has made it across the Atlantic, and he has almost vanished from America’s contemporary musical life.
“I heard and saw the four string players in four helicopters flying in the air and playing…”
The product of a commission Stockhausen couldn’t accept (“The string quartet is a typical genre of the 18th century”) and a later dream, the work places the members of the Arditti String Quartet in separate airborne helicopters.
There’s nothing in the least meretricious about Karlheinz Stockhausen (but mystical most certainly and another story altogether).