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Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Darmstadt International Summer Course Celebrated as Avant-Garde Stronghold >>

Last month, a Brooklyn festival honored the 70th anniversary of Germany's Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, a starting point of many revered avant-garde composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and John Cage.

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The U.S. Premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 21-Hour 'Klang' Cycle >>

The U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ambitious, multi-hour song cycle, 'Klang: Die 24 Stunden des Tages' took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art last week, using three of The Met’s locations for the performance.

EXCLUSIVE: Kurt Gottschalk's Orchestral Dispatches from Ostrava Days 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Kurt Gottschalk's Orchestral Dispatches from Ostrava Days 2015 >>

While the biannual Ostrava Days in the Czech Republic features, primarily, a wide array of post-1950 solo and small ensemble pieces, it is, at its heart, a symphonic endeavor--founded and curated by Czech composer/conductor Petr Kotik. Over the course of nine expansive nights in August, running this year from the 21st to the 29th, the festival hosted three different orchestras, and all three together on the first night. The Ostrava-based Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and resident ensemble Ostravská Banda did plenty of heavy lifting over the course of the fest, with the Miners Band from Stonava (a brass group from that nearby town in coal-mining Moravia) joining them on opening night.

But Is It Art? Graphic Scores by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and Others Are Worthy of the MoMA

But Is It Art? Graphic Scores by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and Others Are Worthy of the MoMA >>

Some contemporary composers prefer to use shapes, arrows and other visual symbols to indicate pitch, duration or volume in their music. Many of the graphic scores that result are quite beautiful and resemble works of modern art.

Your Favorite Composers Doing the Daily via New Tumblr Page 'Composer Doing Normal S--t'

Your Favorite Composers Doing the Daily via New Tumblr Blog 'Composers Doing Normal S--t' >>

If you're like me, then you've always admired the everyday struggle your favorite artists, musicians and so on endure--just like the rest of us.

Stockhausen Says: Weekly Birthday Horoscope for Pisces (February 19-March 20) >>

Offbeat's weekly Horoscope, where the audacious Aquarius, proud Pisces, august Aries, temptatious Taurus, gallant Gemini, creative Cancer, lovely Leo, vigorous Virgo, level-head Libra, sensuous Scorpio and skilled Sagittarius go to get the mostly timely and accurate astrological divinations.

Intuitively Yours, Karlheinz Stockhausen

Intuitively Yours, Karlheinz Stockhausen >>

The Aughts were especially tough on Modernism. Starting in 2001, we lost Iannis Xenakis. In 2003, Luciano Berio passed on. Three years later, György Ligeti expired in Vienna, and two years shy of making contact, Mauricio Kagel had his last, albeit post-modern laugh in 2010. Woe be to the Darmstadt demigods of yore; the only one left standing is Pierre Boulez. And as the maître's made more than clear, on the front line of composition anyways, he will fight no more forever. Here in the States, Prof. Milton Babbitt, l'éminence grise of Princeton, stretched his earthly tenure to 94 years. But his death in January of 2011 integrally reminded us that the end of Elliott Carter, who would've turned 104 this December, was nigh.

Paul Lansky's Menschen Machine Music >>

For the uninitiated, Princeton University's Dr. Paul Lansky would appear the very epitome of ivory towered pretension, peering down from his endowed chair with the Ivy's best derision. He's been writing computer music well before there was such an idiom, and decades before the devices themselves could fit in a single room.

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards Announces Shortlist (GO STOCKHAUSEN!) >>

Nominations for the classical world's most prestigious British laurels, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, have been announced (and Classicalite is hoping Stockhausen gets the crown).

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