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The leading German composer of electronic music presents his theories of composition and performance. Transcribed from a series of public lectures given in English in 1971, and a long interview with Maconie in 1981, the book covers electronic, chance and intuitive music, process planning and other trends in avant-garde composition. Maconie ( The Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen ) has retained the flavor of Stockhausen's English, revealing much of the composer's personality as he talks about his sources of inspiration and describes in detail his composing methods. Stockhausen's lectures contain penetrating philosophical and spiritual observations on his lifelong involvement with sound and his desire to build an aural tradition. Published on the occasion of the composer's 60th birthday, the book includes a chronological list of Stockhausen's works and a discography.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Karlheinz Stockhausen was born in 1928 in Mödrath, near Cologne. His famous musical compositions include LIGHT, Kreuzpiel (Cross-play), Spiel (Play) and Kontra-Punkte (Counter-point). He conducted most of his works in a specially constructed spherical auditorium in 1970 in Osaka, Japan, at the World Fair. Stockhausen died in 2007. Robin Maconie is a musicologist and teacher. He currently lives in New Zealand.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; Reprint edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714529184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714529189
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raul Minsburg on May 1, 2000
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This is an excellent collection osf articles wich focuses on differents aspects of Stockhausen musical thinking. Make a good read of "Ponts and groups", "Composing statistically", "Moment-forminng and MOMENTE" and "Microphonie". It was specially fruitful for me, despite I have benn reading differents books about Stockhausen before. It is also strongly recommended for those who want to read about him for the first time. There are several of allusions to his bests works, specially the one he composed in the 60's, like Kontakte or Gruppen. It is not a strongly "ego" book like the interview of Mya Tannenbaum, so you may enjoy it, and, certainly learn a lot about him and about music too.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By scarecrow VINE VOICE on December 3, 2000
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. . . if you have no idea of the Stockhausen Haus of creativity, the genius who resides within, this is for you, although the material here is quite old,from 1981, interviews, and lectures even older from 1971 in London, this is/are materials: perceptive in teaching how his innovations,scourings,analyses,timbral combustions,and architectural musical plannings/ scores set in motion a set of musical problematics. I guess I've always abandoned that aspect of Stockhausen, the teacher side, and he has always been/ was fascinating: begging,demanding,requiring of his students to read the great works of world culture, from Asia and the ancient Aztec culture.One where Aztec priests in Oaxaca would shuffle between alters underground before thousands giving the impression of a multitude of priests, when in fact there was a handful. This thinking was utilized in his works for musical rituals.All the valuable material was the interview here with long a Stockhausen devotee Robin Maconie.
His entire life is here within these dicrete lectures discussing the/his primary works of this century,"Kontakte" where after grueling sessions for days with Gottfried Michael assistant in Cologne,he informed him that "we need to do it all over again",also"Mikrophonie",(one of the first live electronic works to grace the world) excursions into momente form, intuitive music,word pieces "from the Seven last days", the hippie-like "Stimmung" "voicings" on a single chord, (very Germanic, Boulez had said.) Even the early music of "Zeitmasse" for five winds is talked about defined as "early lyric and dramatic" forms,Also the percussion solo"Zyklus".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Mcneill on May 26, 2001
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Looking back at the twentieth century, Stockhausen stands out as one of the most creative forces in music. In this book, the composer shares in prose his thoughts on the world and on music. He asserts his commitment to sound, and to the taking into account of all aspects of sound in his compositions. He also outlines his dreams of how music will relate to culture as a whole, how music will be presented, and the characteristics of future music. This book is, just as performances of his music are, an inspiration and a challenge to me as a composer and musician.
This is, though, just Stockhausen's hint as to the processes and content of his music. The real proof is in the music itself, which supersedes whatever anyone says about it.
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