Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Music of the Spheres

Stockhausen performing at Expo ’70, West German Pavilion, Osaka, Japan, 1970.

When Stockhausen died on December 5, 2007, at his home in Kürten, Germany, his fame as a composer of startlingly original and uncompromising music—whether groundbreaking experiments in electronic sound, innovative manipulations of traditional instrumentation, or unorthodox approaches to the human voice—had long since peaked, and his work was perhaps spoken of more eagerly than it was performed.

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