Karlheinz Stockhausen

December 8 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen dies. One of the last of the artists who grew up under fascism. I’ve already mentioned or quoted Henze, Mishima, Pasolini. I am not attaching artistic significance to this in the case of Stockhausen, merely mentioning it. Another, in music, was Luigi Nono. Only Henze survives from this list.

4 Responses to “Karlheinz Stockhausen”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Henze on the Darmstadt summer schools in Music and Politics:

    “Along came Karlheinz Stockhausen, amid much pomp and circumstance, with claims that were immediately acknowledged. He said out loud what he thought: there was nobody around who knew anything about music apart from him. This marked the end of the solidarity which had previously existed among young composers. At the beginning it had looked as though we were all working together on a humanistic project, as if we were all brothers, comrades, allies. That was now gone. Slowly but surely we became, or were made into, competitors in the same market.

    As a small boy Karlheinz must already have possessed a boundless sense of mission; at any rate, his behaviour always indicated something of the sort. He was always in a fever, on cloud nine. I remember a music festival in Vienna at the beginning of the 1950s. We were driving back to the city with publishers from Universal Edition after an evening’s drinking in Grinzing, when Stockhausen said, on seeing the still somewhat sparsely lit city: ‘Look, down there you can see the ocean light that is Vienna. In a few years’ time I will have progressed so far that, with a single electronic bang, I’ll be able to blow the whole city sky-high!’ I pointed out that there were already perfectly adequate explosives for such purposes, and that musicians might therefore do better to turn their attention to other matters.”

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  3. davidderrick Says:

    Theodorakis is a still-living survivor of fascism.

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