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Stockhausen on Music

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A collection of essays by Karlheinz Stockhausen on his early life, composing methods, and the structure of his modern music, compiled by Robin Maconie.

Published: Jan 1, 1989

Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Robin Maconie
Introduction Robin Maconie
Part 1
About my Childhood Karlheinz Stockhausen
On the Musical Gift Karlheinz Stockhausen
Points and Groups Karlheinz Stockhausen
Composing Statistically Karlheinz Stockhausen
Lyric and Dramatic Form Karlheinz Stockhausen
Moment-forming and MOMENTE Karlheinz Stockhausen
Microphony Karlheinz Stockhausen
Four Criteria of Electronic Music Karlheinz Stockhausen
Intuitive Music Karlheinz Stockhausen
Part 2
Some Questions and Answers Karlheinz Stockhausen
Afterword - Beauty and Necessity Karlheinz Stockhausen
Suggested Further Reading Robin Maconie
Chronological List of Works Robin Maconie
Discography Robin Maconie
Selected Films Robin Maconie
End Matter
Index Robin Maconie


Stockhausen's uncompromising attitude to conventional aesthetics has made him one of the world's most admired musicians.
The Independent

The great innovator of the 1950s and 1960s is still a fountain of ideas. Stockhausen on Music shows the extraordinary range of his mind.
The Sunday Times

Let there be no doubt that he is a giant, a monster cartographer of massive new spaces.

The leading German composer of electronic music presents his theories of composition and performance...Penetrating philosophical and spiritual observations...the book includes a chronological list of Stockhausen's works and a discography.
Publisher's Weekly