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Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Born: August 22, 1928; Mödrath, Germany   Died: December 5, 2007; Kürten-Kettenberg, Germany  
Karlheinz Stockhausen emerged early on as one of the most influential and unique voices in the post-WWII European musical avant-garde and his prominence continued throughout the rest of the twentieth century and into the twenty first. Combining a keen sensitivity to the acoustical realities and possibilities of sound, rigorous and sophisticated compositional methods expanded from integral serialism, innovative theatricality, and a penchant for Read more the mystical, Stockhausen remains one of the most innovative musical personalities to span the turn of this century.

Stockhausen was born in 1928 near Cologne. Orphaned as a teen, he immersed himself in artistic pursuits and showed promise both as a writer and a musician. He took classes at the new music school in Darmstadt with Adorno before moving to Paris, where he studied with Messiaen and met Boulez and Pierre Schaeffer. These encounters, as well as studies in phonetics and communication, proved a crucial influence on his subsequent work at the electronic music studio in Cologne; by the mid-'50s he had secured a spot in the vanguard of both electronic music and integral serialism. During the next decade he forged relationships with some of the most prominent contemporaries, including Kagel, Ligeti, and Cage, and, taking over the reins at the Darmstadt school, mentored such innovative up-and-comers as Cornelius Cardew and La Monte Young. His influence extended into popular culture, as well: he appears on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. Stockhausen held various appointments during the rest of the twentieth century, and continued teaching summer seminars attended by important emerging composers.

Stockhausen's most influential compositions vary widely in their style and media, and attest to the composer's far-ranging interests in science, technology, religion, cosmology, and mysticism. His various instrumental and vocal works from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s explore various ways of extrapolating serial methods and mathematical structures, such as the Fibonacci series, to dictate pitches, rhythms, articulations, and larger formal structures. The influential tape piece Gesang der Jünglinge (1955) combines the jumbled phonemes from a Biblical source text with an elaborately methodic splicing scheme. Hymnen (1966) mixes various national anthems with complex electronic sound structures. In Stimmung (1968), a group of singers intones various mystical names to the harmony of the overtone series. From the late '70s onward, Stockhausen's efforts focused on LICHT, a sprawling opera cycle drawn from various religious mythologies, particularly the Urantia Book, a collection of writings supposedly delivered to Earth by extraterrestrials. Read less
Stockhausen: Mantra / Pestova-Meyer Piano Duo
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572398   Number of Discs: 1
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    Stockhausen: Klavierstucke I-XI / Liebner
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 73412 Release Date: 08/10/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Sabine Liebner
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    Stockhausen / Kurzwellen
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Conductor:  Paul Méfano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble C.L.S.I.
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    So Is My Love / Karlsen, Ensemble 96
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 140 Release Date: 09/29/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Martin Odegaard,  Torbjorn Dyrud,  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur  ... 
    Conductor:  Nina T. Karlsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 96
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    Golijov: Azul / Yo-Yo Ma, Jacobsen, The Knights
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559989 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Colin Jacobsen,  Antonín Dvorák,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Karlheinz Stockhausen  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Michael Ward-Bergeman,  Jamey Haddad,  Cyro Baptista
    Conductor:  Eric Jacobsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
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    Ins Offene: Piano Music of Modern Age / Skouras
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11610 Release Date: 02/24/2017  
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Olivier Messiaen,  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Pascal Dusapin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Skouras
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    Transformations / Tindall
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9471 Release Date: 09/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gunther Schuller,  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Dana Wilson,  David Lang
    Performer:  Aaron Tindall,  Steven Stucky
    Conductor:  Jeffery Meyer,  Stephen Peterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra,  Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
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    Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 4: Pianists
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11630 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Béla Bartók,  Anton Webern,  Stefan Wolpe  ... 
    Performer:  Eduard Steuermann,  Peter Stadlen,  Andor Foldes,  David Tudor  ... 
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    Light: Scriabin & Stockhausen / Mosell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002498802 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Vanessa Benelli Mosell
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    Stockhausen: Aus den sieben Tagen / Zeitkratzer, Haino
    Label: Zeitkratzer   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Keiji Haino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zeitkratzer
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    Maurizio Pollini: De main de maitre - A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002394909 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    (R)evolution / Vanessa Benelli Mosell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002343202 Release Date: 07/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Karol Beffa,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Vanessa Benelli Mosell
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    Masterworks of the 20th Century
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875061902 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Toru Takemitsu,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gunther Schuller  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Yuji Takahashi,  James Pappoutsakis,  John Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Seiji Ozawa,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Danlee Mitchell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Strings,  Toronto Symphony  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez - Le Domaine Musical, 1956-1967 [10-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002287572 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Luciano Berio,  Pierre Boulez,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni,  Georges von Gucht,  Jeanne Deroubaix,  Serge Collot  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Rudolf Albert,  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Domaine Musicale Orchestra,  Les Percussions de Strasbourg,  Parrenin string quartet  ... 
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    Liszt Inspections
    Label: Kairos   Catalog: 13292 Release Date: 01/01/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Friedrich Cerha,  Kurt Weill,  György Ligeti  ... 
    Performer:  Marino Formenti
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    Label: Mode   Catalog: 276 Release Date: 12/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Edgard Varčse
    Performer:  Aloys Kontarsky,  Martina Arroyo,  Alfons Kontarsky
    Conductor:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Orchestra,  West German Radio Chorus
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    Cello Anthology
    Label: Alga Marghen   Catalog: 64 Release Date: 11/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  John Cage,  Earle Brown,  Giuseppe Chiari,  Karlheinz Stockhausen  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte Moorman,  Terry Jennings,  Nam June Paik,  Malcolm Goldstein  ... 
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    Cello Anthology, Vol. 1
    Label: Alga Marghen   Catalog: 641 Release Date: 11/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage,  Earle Brown,  Giuseppe Chiari,  Karlheinz Stockhausen  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte Moorman,  Nam June Paik,  Terry Jennings
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    La Fauvette Passerinette: A Messiaen Premiere With Birds, Landscapes & Homages
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34141 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Toru Takemitsu,  Peter Sculthorpe,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hill
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    Stockhausen: Complete Early Percussion Works / Steven Schick, Red Fish Blue Fish
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 274 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  James Avery,  Pavlos Antoniadis,  Steven Schick,  Fabio Oliveira  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Fish Blue Fish
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    Stockhausen: Complete Early Percussion Works / Steven Schick, Red Fish Blue Fish
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 274 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Steven Schick,  Pavlos Antoniadis,  James Avery,  Katalin Lukács  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Fish Blue Fish
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    Voices In The Wind / Leonard Garrison
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3363 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Ian Clarke,  Gergely Ittzés,  Kaija Saariaho  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Garrison
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  • 22.
    K. Stockhausen: Momente
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6774 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Alfons Kontarsky,  Martina Arroyo,  Aloys Kontarsky
    Conductor:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Orchestra,  West German Radio Chorus
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  • 23.
    Four Realizations Of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Zyklus
    Label: Alga Marghen   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Max Neuhaus
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  • 24.
    Music Of Xenakis, Del Tredici, Stockhausen, Cage And Crumb
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 3265 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iannis Xenakis,  David Del Tredici,  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Max Neuhaus,  Jan DeGaetani
    Conductor:  Richard Dufallo,  Richard Wernick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Chamber Ensemble,  Penn Contemporary Players
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    Stockhausen: For Basset Horn / Michele Marelli
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33958 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Michele Marelli
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