KarlheinzStockhausen  
 
Country:   Germany
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To date (2006) he has composed 319 works, published 10 volumes of TEXTE zur MUSIK / TEXTS about MUSIC, comprising sketches and explanations about his own works (Stockhausen-Verlag). His first 36 scores were published by Universal Edition in Vienna and, since its establishment in 1975, the Stockhausen-Verlag (51515 Kürten, Facs. 0049-2268-1813) has published all of his works. In 1991, the Stockhausen-Verlag began to release compact discs in the Stockhausen Complete Edition which comprises 125 compact discs to date, and all Stockhausen scores, books, videos and CDs may be ordered directly by mail order from them. Since 1998, the Stockhausen Courses Kürten for composers interpreters, musicologists and auditors take place annually. In 1977, Stockhausen began to compose the music-scenic work LICHT (LIGHT) The Seven Days of the Week. LICHT with its Seven Days of the Week lasts about 29 hours of music: THURSDAY from LIGHT 240 minutes; SATURDAY from LIGHT 185 minutes; MONDAY from LIGHT, 278 minutes; TUESDAY from LIGHT 156 minutes; FRIDAY from LIGHT 290 minutes; WEDNESDAY from LIGHT 267 minutes; SUNDAY from LIGHT 298 minutes. Following the world première on October 16th 2004 of LICHT-BILDER (LIGHT PICTURES), the last scene Stockhausen composed of his work LICHT (LIGHT), Stockhausen began the work KLANG (SOUND), The 24 Hours of the Day. Already the first compositions of “Point Music” such as KREUZSPIEL (CROSS-PLAY) in 1951, SPIEL (PLAY) for orchestra in 1952, and KONTRA-PUNKTE (COUNTER-POINTS) in 1952/53, brought Stockhausen international fame. Since then, his works have been opposed to the extreme by some and admired by others. Fundamental achievements in music since 1950 are indelibly imprinted through his compositions: The “Serial Music”, the“Point Music”, the “Electronic Music”, the “New Percussion Music”, the “Variable Music”, the “New Piano Music”, the “Spatial Music”, “Statistical Music”, “Aleatoric Music”, “Live Electronic Music”; new syntheses of “Music and Speech”, of a “Musical Theatre”, of a “Ritual Music”, “Scenic Music”; “Group Composition”, polyphonic “Process Composition”, “Moment Composition”, “Formula Composition” to the present “Multi-Formula Composition”; the integration of “found objects” (national anthems, folklore of all countries, short-wave events, “sound scenes”, etc.) into a “World Music” and a “Universal Music”; the synthesis of European, African, Latin American and Asian music into a “Telemusic”, etc., the vertical “Octophonic Music”. From the beginning until now, his work can be classified as “Spiritual Music”; this becomes more and more evident not only in the compositions with spiritual texts, but also in the other works via “Overtone Music”, “Intuitive Music”, “Mantric Music”, reaching “Cosmic Music” in STIMMUNG (TUNING), AUS DEN SIEBEN TAGEN (FROM THE SEVEN DAYS), MANTRA, STERNKLANG (STAR SOUND), INORI, ATMEN GIBT DAS LEBEN (BREATHING GIVES LIFE), SIRIUS, LICHT (LIGHT). In a spherical auditorium conceived by the composer, most of Stockhausen’s works composed until 1970 were performed at the Expo ’70 world fair in Osaka, Japan: for 51/2 hours daily for 183 days by twenty instrumentalists and singers, thereby reaching an audience of over a million listeners. Stockhausen is the perfect example of the composer who has participated at nearly all world premières and in innumerable exemplary performances and recordings of his works world-wide – as conductor, performer, musical director or sound projectionist. In addition to numerous guest professorships in Switzerland, the United States, Finland, Holland, and Denmark, Stockhausen was appointed Professor for Composition at the State Conservatory in Cologne in 1971, in 1996 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Free University in Berlin, and in 2004 received an honorary doctorate from the Queen’s University in Belfast. He is a member of 12 international Academies for the Arts and Sciences, was named Honorary Citizen of Kürten in 1988, became Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, received many gramophone prizes and, among other honours, the German Medal of Merit, 1st class, the Siemens Music Prize, the UNESCO Picasso Medal, the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine Westfalia, 8 awards from the German Music Publisher’s Society for his score publications, the Hamburg BACH Prize, the Cologne Culture Prize and, in 2001, the Polar Music Prize with the laudation: Karlheinz Stockhausen is being awarded the Polar Music Prize for 2001 for a career as a composer that has been characterized by impeccable integrity and never-ceasing creativity, and for having stood at the forefront of musical development for fifty years. Accessed 11.12.06 from http://www.stockhausen.org/short_bio.pdf
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Electronic Study I Electronic Composition WDR 1953 Germany Edit
Electronic Study II Electronic Composition WDR 1954 Germany Edit
GESANG DER JÜNGLINGE Electronic Composition WDR (West German Radio) in Cologne 1956 Germany Edit
KONTAKTE Electronic Composition WDR 1958-1960 1960 Germany Edit
MICROPHONY I Electronic Composition WDR 1963 Germany Edit
Mixtur Electronic Composition - 1964 Germany Edit
HYMNEN Electronic Composition WDR 1964-1967 1964 Germany Edit
MICROPHONY II Electronic Composition WDR 1965 Germany Edit
TELEMUSIK Electronic Composition NHK, the Japanese Radio , Tokyo 1966 Japan Edit
SOLO Electronic Composition NHK, the Japanese Radio , Tokyo 1966 Japan Edit
Stockhausen and the Beatles Album Art - 1967 England Edit
Interview with Jim Loudon Spoken Word - 1968 Germany Edit
Spherical Concert Hall - World Expo,Osaka 1970 Japan Edit
SIRIUS Electronic Composition WDR 1974-76 1974 Germany Edit
UNSICHTBARE CHÖRE Electronic Composition WDR 1979 Germany Edit
KATHINKA’S CHANT Electronic Composition IRCAM in Paris. 1983 France Edit
MONTAGS-GRUSS Electronic Composition WDR 1986-88 1986 Germany Edit
MONTAGS-ABSCHIED Electronic Composition WDR 1986-88 1986 Germany Edit
CHOIRS of MONDAY from LIGHT Electronic Composition WDR 1987 Germany Edit
LICHT - LA Scala, Milan 1988 Germany Edit
OCTOPHONIE Electronic Composition WDR 1990 Germany Edit
HELICOPTER STRING QUARTET Composition www.stockhausen.org - all material copyrighted by the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Kuerten, Germany 1991 France Edit
ELECTRONIC MUSIC with SOUND SCENES of FRIDAY from LIGHT Electronic Composition WDR 1992-94 1992 Germany Edit
MITTWOCHS-ABSCHIED Electronic Composition WDR 1996 Germany Edit
MICHAELION Electronic Composition WDR 1998 Germany Edit
KLANG Electronic Composition - 2004 Germany Edit