Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Born August 22, 1928(1928-08-22)
Mödrath (today part of Kerpen), Weimar Republic (now Germany)
Died December 5, 2007(2007-12-05) (aged 79)
Kürten-Kettenberg, Germany
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Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged as one of the most important composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.


Compositions, recordings[edit]


  • editor, with Herbert Eimert, Die Reihe, 8 issues, Vienna: Universal Edition, 1955-1962. Music journal. Issues: "Elektronische Musik", 1955; "Anton Webern", 1955; "Musikalisches Handwerk", 1957; "Junge Komponisten", 1958; "Berichte—Analyse", 1957; "Sprache und Musik", 1958; "Form—Raum", 1960; "Rückblicke", 1962. [1] (German)
    • Die Reihe: A Periodical Devoted to Developments in Contemporary Music, 8 issues, Bryn Mawr, PA: Theodore Presser, with London: Universal Edition, 1957-1968. Issues: "Electronic Music", 1957; "Anton Webern", 1958; "Musical Craftsmanship", 1959; "Young Composers", 1960; "Reports—Analyses", 1961; "Speech and Music", 1964; "Form—Space", 1964; "Retrospective", 1968. (English)

Lectures, interviews[edit]

  • "Four Criteria of Electronic Music" [1972], Video, Video. Abridged transcript printed in Stockhausen on Music, 1989, pp 88-111, PDF.
  • Stockhausen on Music: Lectures and Interviews, ed. Robin Maconie, London: Marion Boyars, 1989, 220 pp; new ed., 1991.
  • Intervista sul genio musicale, Laterza, 1985, PDF. (Italian)
    • Entrevista sobre el genio musical, trans. Carlos Alonso, Madrid: Turner, 1988, Scribd. (Spanish)



  • Karl H. Wörner, Karlheinz Stockhausen. Werk + Wollen 1950-1962, Rodenkirchen: P.J. Tonger, 1963, 141 pp. (German)
    • Stockhausen: Life and Work, intro., trans. & ed. Bill Hopkins, London: Faber, 1973, 270 pp; University of California Press, 1973.
  • Jonathan Harvey, The Music of Stockhausen: An Introduction, University of California Press, 1975. [2]
  • Robin Maconie, The Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Oxford University Press, 1976; Boyars, 1981; 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 1990, 318 pp. Review: Shere (1992).
  • Richard Toop, "Stockhausen's Secret Theater: Unfinished Projects from the Sixties and Early Seventies", Perspectives on New Music 36:2 (Summer 1998), pp 91-106, Scribd.
  • Robin Maconie, Other Planets: The Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Scarecrow Press, 2005. [3]
  • Mary Bauermeister, Ich hänge im Triolengitter. Mein Leben mit Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bertelsmann, 2011, ARG. (German)
  • Robin Maconie, Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to Pierre Boulez, Scarecrow Press, 2012, 340 pp, ARG.
  • Martin Iddon, New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez, Cambridge University Press, 2013, PDF.