Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)


So, farewell then, Karlheinz Stockhausen, influential avant-garde German composer.

“Stockhausen serves imperialism”. Yes, that’s what Cornelius used to say. Although Cornelius’ arguments about precisely which musical forms could “serve the people” left me more than a little baffled.

What I’m still waiting to hear is Simon Bates saying, “Mmmm, nice. And next on your relaxing Classic FM, Stockhausen’s Mikrofonie II.” God knows, it would make a change from the Four Seasons. But I’ve a feeling I may be waiting a while.


  1. Mike said,

    December 8, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Whether or not he served imperialism first and foremost he served music and was in his early days a revolutionist of sorts as a result. Which is more than can be said of poor Cardew except in his capacity as a member of Amm perhaps.

  2. December 8, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    this is something great !
    he was a legend !

  3. On Looker said,

    December 8, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Also the scratch orchestra – all good stuff

    Having said that I’ve seen KS in action more than once and a great loss to all music

  4. Dr Paul said,

    December 9, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    To commemorate the passing of Stockhausen, I think we should have two minutes of cacophony.

  5. December 10, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Stockhausen was on the one hand probably one of the most brilliant composers of the 20th century, on the other hand a total weirdo, when it came to topics like philosophy/religion/weltanschauung … claiming, he was educated on Sirius and labelling the 9/11-attacks as the “greatest artwork in the whole universe” is a bit odd

  6. timothyMN said,

    December 10, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Its with sadness that I hear of the death of Karlheinz Stockhausen. I’ve been listening to his music since the 70’s. And in his field, he was a true revolutionary.

    It may at first sound a little odd: but what I think what made Stockhausen stand out was his tremendous melodic gift. Whatever the technical rational or the improvisational element he never lost sight of melody – in the widest sense of the word. The best performances of his music always captured this melodic drama.

    From Halt in “For Times to Come” (1970):

    Seek harmony with a co-player
    Hold still, so that the others can find harmony with you

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